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Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown — Fake Twitter users

Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown — Fake Twitter users

Controversial bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Christian Dela are some of the most affected in Kenya.

Two of the biggest losers were Twitter's most famous user, President Trump, who saw roughly 400,000 of his 53.4 million followers vanish, and Barack Obama, who bid farewell to more than 2 million.

Being the Head of State he now has 3.22 million followers. We sometimes lock an account if we see email and password combinations from other services posted online and believe that information could put the security of an account at risk - so we require accounts to change of their passwords for protection.

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has 1.92 million followers and according to Twitter audit, 1.1 million of his followers are fake.

At the same time however, the State Department does follow the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

An audit on his account indicates that out of the 696,000 followers he now has, 170,629 are bots.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.

A scrutiny on his account by twitter audit indicates that 84,856 followers are fake.

The size of the follower loss was not directly proportional to the number of followers a Twitter user had.

BBC Editor Larry Madowo boasts of having a whopping 1.51 million followers to his name.

If you are also a Twitter user and are happy that you have so many followers, then this news can shock you, though you do not have to worry too much because this is not due to any bug. "What are the most drastic losses you've seen so far?" "Wondering if this is the clean up of bots that Twitter mentioned earlier".

Queen Rania of Jordan ranks at the top of the twittersphere among Arab leaders with almost 10.7 million followers, ahead of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed with over nine million followers, and King Salman on almost seven million.

Mak reports these fake Twitter accounts distributed genuine news, building trust with readers, possibly for "some future, unforeseen effort".

When your Twitter account gets locked, you can not access it unless you prove you're indeed human, a process that takes you a step by step security related commands.

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