Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

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However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "locked" accounts. The account lost roughly 10 million followers Thursday, dropping some 12 percent to about 55 million.

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. However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform.

Back in January, the New York Times took a deep dive into an obscure company called Devumi, which sells Twitter followers - fake ones, though some contain the personal details of real Twitter users - to users who want to pad their social-media statistics.

Rahul Gandhi's total number of followers have dropped by around 17,000 on Twitter, as per reports.

Locked accounts, which differ from spam or bots, are restricted from posting when activity such as tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions are detected.

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Pakistani celebrity Twitter users with massive followers also experienced the same decrease. 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.

Twitter announced it was cracking down on locked accounts to "improve the health" of conversation on the platform.

Trump's institutional account "POTUS" gained 8,339 followers on Thursday and lost 90,386 followers on Friday.

If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account.

President Donald Trump, one of the most prolific and high-profile tweeters, lost about 100 000 of his approximately 53.4 million Twitter followers, according to the Washington Post, and former President Barack Obama lost about 400 000 from his 104 million followers.

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