Politicians, Bollywood stars lose followers as Twitter goes on a clean-up drive

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President Donald Trump lost 204,000 of his 53.3 million followers, placing him at no. 18 on Keyhole's list.

In January, the New York Times reported on Devumi, a company that sells followers and retweets to anyone who wanted to inflate their social media influence.

There have been many instances in the past few years of people using bot accounts to promote certain campaigns, and this has made Twitter lose its credibility over the years. Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, also all lost about 2 million followers.

By contrast, former President Barack Obama's count fell by 2.1 million followers, or 2.1 percent, to 101.5 million. As per reports, Rahul Gandhi lost 12, 974 Twitter followers.

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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. There can be two reasons for that either fake accounts were bought to increase the user base, or the media team of PITB instead of doing the right ad campaign awarded it to some agency which was managing fake accounts.

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing "locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform.

Twitter announced the purge was coming and told users that most would typically see a loss of usually fewer than four followers.

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Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts. Some celebrities lost the equivalent of a city's or even a small nation's worth of followers in mere minutes.

For the average Twitter user, it is expected to be only a handful of accounts.

Earlier this week, Twitter said tens of millions of accounts previously locked due to suspicious activity will be removed from its follower counts. Justin Bieber lost close to the same amount as the former president, but many other celebrities saw their numbers drop too and that includes the CEO of Twitter himself.

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