Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Trump, Obama, Katy Perry, others lose Twitter followers

Trump, Obama, Katy Perry, others lose Twitter followers

Other Twitter users impacted by the move included Kim Kardashian West and former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, who both lost around one million followers.

Even Twitter itself didn't escape unscathed, as it saw 12 percent, or 7.7 million of its followers disappear between Wednesday and Thursday.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords. Another Twitter bigwig @xtiandela also lost a chunk of followers from over a million to now 522K as of writing this article.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's following on Twitter has declined by around 2,70,000 in just a matter of two days following a crackdown by the social media company against fake accounts. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.

When the Times story was published, McHenry had 506,478 followers, meaning she's lost almost 56 percent of her Twitter followers since January.

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A Twitter audit carried out in March 2018 by Twiplomacy, a platform that assists organisations and governments to improve their digital strategy, claimed that more than 50% of followers of profiles of major leaders, including that of Modi, are likely to be fake. They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today.

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.

Barack Obama went from 103 million followers to 101 million.

For the average Twitter user, it is expected to be only a handful of accounts. Shah Rukh Khan lost nearly 3.5 lakh followers (35.7 million) while Amitabh Bachchan registered an even bigger loss, at over 4 lakh (34.5 million).

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

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