Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts

Still, the former president remains the third most-followed person on the platform behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

His Twitter account was not spared by the purge on "fake" accounts that has seen popular personalities globally lose even up to a million followers.

'@MisterseunPR' said: "Just lost over a thousand followers".

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.

The move is aimed at users reportedly inflating their followers on the platform with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to "bolster their political activism, business endeavours or entertainment careers".

As a result, Twitter accounts with a large number of followers lost a significant amount of users, which, based on the estimates of social media data firm Keyhole, top 100 accounts have lost about 2 percent of their followers. There can be two reasons for that either fake accounts were bought to increase the user base, or the media team of PITB instead of doing the right ad campaign awarded it to some agency which was managing fake accounts.

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Since Twitter announced that it would be working to reduce questionable accounts, President Trump has lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers, while former president Barack Obama is down nearly 400,000 of his 104 million followers as of Wednesday, according to a report from Washington Post.

Kenyatta and Ruto lost 16,098 and 1,465 followers respectively as at 2:30 pm on Friday when Capital FM News last checked the number of followers they had on Twitter.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

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

As per reports, Rahul Gandhi lost 12, 974 Twitter followers. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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