Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Barack Obama lost over 2 million followers from his previous 103.63 million, leaving him at 101 million, while President Donald Trump lost 340,000 followers, taking him from 53.4 million to 53.1 million.

Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday. Twitter said it expects the initiative to reduce the total follower count on the platform by a significant 6%, the Times reports.

Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge.

For Twitter, anyone who tweets a large volume of unsolicited replies, unnecessarily tags a large number of people or tweets misleading links becomes a suspicious user.

Singer Katy Perry, who has the most-followed account on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4% to 108.1 million followers.

Holly Willoughby shares image of son Harry's World Cup devastation
Croatia fans in Zagreb react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal win over England . "This is fantastic", Dalic said. Supporters thanked the side for "making us proud" during the run to the last four of the competition.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer. The accounts that Twitter was purging today were locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour" and if the owners didn't validate their accounts, they were henceforth purged.

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "locked" accounts.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers.

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts.

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