Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Among the biggest losers is former President Barack Obama, who lost more than 2 million followers in the purge of accounts suspected of being fake.

"Removing locked accounts from followers doesn't impact MAU or DAU", Twitter said in a blog post. Twitter said it expects the initiative to reduce the total follower count on the platform by a significant 6%, the Times reports. Twitter had announced two days ago that it is starting to remove some Twitter handles which were locked earlier for suspicious behaviour.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the USA presidential election.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

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Christian who goes by the username XtianDela lost over 500,000 followers which led him to a drop from over 1 million followers while Nyakundi lost over 400,000. Justin Timberlake rounds out the top 10 accounts with the biggest followings, but he's lost around 1.8 million overnight.

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

Kenyans were not the only ones affected as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself reported that he lost 200,000 followers. I lost 0 followers from the Twitter purge.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

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