Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

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However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

According to The Hill, which reviewed the impact of the Twitter purge, "Obama, who had 104 million Twitter followers prior to the crackdown, had roughly 101 million as of Thursday afternoon". Mr Bieber, who has the second most followed account on the site, suffered the same fate, losing nearly 2.7m followers.

The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers.

A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek the platform will see a drop in around six percent of followers in the coming days. As per reports, Rahul Gandhi lost 12, 974 Twitter followers. However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform. This week, the company said it will remove these from profiles, reducing the number of followers users have.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde wrote.

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. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.

Kenyans took to Twitter to "mark themselves safe" and call out accounts with fake followers using the #TwitterCleanupKE and also poked fun at those who have been affected.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords. Say for that matter, Twitter had even issued a statement before conducting this drill saying, "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

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