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Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Divya Dutta Loses Thousands Of Twitter Followers!


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.

"This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally", said Twitter. 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.

Katy Perry, the most popular user on all of Twitter, saw about 3 million followers disappear, bringing her total down to 107 million.

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.

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

Twitter had warned that it will lock all accounts that show suspicious activity, which has directly impacted the number of followers on a particular account.

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal also lost about a million from his 15.3 million followers, and Oprah lost about 1.4 million followers, the Times reports. This change is the social media site's latest move in its war against abusive or fake accounts.

Since the above tweet was published on Thursday evening, Lewis's follower count has dropped further to 363,000.

McHenry saw a similar drop this week, going from around 362,800 followers to 223,300 Thursday evening.

Kenyatta and Ruto lost 16,098 and 7,465 followers respectively as at 2:30 pm on Friday when Capital FM News last checked the number of followers they had on Twitter.

According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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