PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lose thousands of followers — Twitter's safety crackdown

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

The accounts would have originally been blocked for tweeting large volumes of unsolicited replies or mentions, sharing links dubbed "misleading", or were being blocked by a large number of accounts after mentioning them.

The most followed Bollywood celebrities on Twitter namely- Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone are amongst the many famous personalities who have lost out on over Three lakh followers.

Social blade, a software that helps track social media stats, threw interesting insights into how politicians fared after Twitter's war on fake followers. Twitter's policy change could upset the latter.

Fast forward to this week, when Twitter began purging fake accounts in an attempt to rid itself of some of its more unsavory qualities - trolling, spam, etc. - and make its metrics a little more realistic. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day.

Others taking big hits included Taylor Swift, at 2.7 percent; Ellen DeGeneres, 2.5 percent; Lady Gaga, 1.9 percent; Justin Bieber, 1.3 percent; and Rihanna, 0.6 percent.

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On the global front, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama lost huge numbers of followers.

Twitter CEO Jack Dosey tweeted out a message on Wednesday stating that the popular microblogging site would be "removing locked Twitter accounts (locked when we detect suspicious changes in behavior) from follower counts across profiles globally", adding that " the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down".

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts. Without doing so, legit owners won't have access to their accounts. Twitter initially warned that its culling of fake followers would affect about 6% of all follows, so Perry actually may have got off lightly.

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