Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Twitter announced yesterday that they would be purging millions of accounts today.

According to its official statement, Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers signalling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular platform.

Also, the accounts that Twitter would be purging are locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour", and the owners didn't validate their accounts. Ms Perry, who has the most followed profile on the site, has lost 2.8 million followers, dropping from 109.6m to 106.7m.

Twitter said that most users will see a drop of "four followers or fewer".

The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.

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By 5 p.m., President Trump's @realDonaldTrump account had lost about 300,000 followers, bringing his total down to a still impressive 53.1 million. The social media giant is purging millions of suspicious accounts.

Renowned bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Xtiandela were the top losers in the country-both registering a decline in followership by a whooping half a million.

CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day.

Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers on Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million on Thursday afternoon. 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.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a post.

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