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After Twitter purge, Modi, Tharoor lost these many followers

After Twitter purge, Modi, Tharoor lost these many followers

Singer Katy Perry, who has the most-followed account on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4% to 108.1 million followers.

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "locked" accounts.

In a Wednesday announcement, Twitter said it would begin deleting accounts that had been locked on suspicion of being hacked or used for spam, according to the Daily Beast.

Social Blade, a social media platform user statistics website, is tracking the slide in real time.

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

In Kenya, some of the bigwigs who had over a million and hundreds of thousands of followers have been the worst casualties in the ongoing clean up.

Twitter's move to purge locked accounts is part of it's larger effort to safeguard the platform amid heightened scrutiny over the proliferation of trolls, fake news and disinformation on social networks like Twitter and Facebook (FB).

"This specific update is focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on our service and often associated with account credibility", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a blog post.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers. Amitabh Bachchan has in fact faced the biggest hit by losing out on the maximum number of 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. In a major crackdown conducted today, Twitter has lashed out all the bots and fake followers who have been misusing Twitter so far.

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

Former US President Obama lost 2.5 million followers; Trump saw his follower count drop by roughly 400,000 and Kim Kardashian unloaded 1.7 million followers in the last day.

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