Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

13 July, 2018, 14:37 | Author: Wade Massey

President Trump now has around 53.1 million followers, according to his account page.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet Thursday that he lost 200,000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts. While it excludes spam accounts in reported user data, Twitter noted early this year that monthly active user numbers would be "negatively impacted" by efforts to expunge fake accounts.

"Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts", Gadde wrote.

Twitter, in a blog, stated that it would suspend private accounts in a bid to curb fake news by limiting fake users: "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate". Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

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President Trump and former president Barack Obama have both lost Twitter followers as a result of the social networking site purging questionable its accounts.

Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

In his tweet Thursday, Dorsey said, "Action on this starts today". He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords. 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", it explained.

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