Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers

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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.

In the worldwide scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too lost almost 32,000 followers (13.8 million).

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

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.

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.

Meanwhile, Twitter accounts across the globe saw a drop in their follower count as the micro-blogging site removed "locked accounts" - accounts which have not validated their ownership.

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

Unilever was among the major companies that threatened in February to pull advertising from social-media services, including Twitter, because of a rise in hate speech, abusive content and fake news.

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

- Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 12, 2018I've lost about 2000 followers in the "Great Twitter Purge" today. On 11 July, the follower count was 26.68 million and now the figure is 26.55 million. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", it explained.

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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