Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts

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USA president Donald Trump, singers Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and British actor Stephen Fry were among a multitude of Twitter celebrities to be affected by the cull. Another Twitter bigwig @xtiandela also lost a chunk of followers from over a million to now 522K as of writing this article.

Micro-blogging platform, Twitter, yesterday announced that a fresh round of efforts to purge millions of inactive accounts has kick-started.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

He said average Twitter users will not see such a dramatic difference in their follower counts, with most people losing only about four followers or fewer.

Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts.

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Thursday that Twitter "removed 4,000 of my followers" as the social networking site purged fake accounts - including 300,000 reportedly from President Donald Trump's feed - that were disabled because of suspicious activity.

The number of Modi's followers went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million. The fake and frozen accounts out there were a huge part of many user follower counts, but they aren't going to be any longer.

Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts.

The drop in the follower count, however, has nothing to do with popularity of the Modi government.

Going by the current count, Shah Rukh Khan happens to retain his top spot as the "Most Followed Bollywood Actor" on Twitter right now.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Head, said in a blog post earlier this week.

His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday.

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