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These are the celebrities hit hardest by account crackdown — Twitter purge

14 July 2018
These are the celebrities hit hardest by account crackdown — Twitter purge

This is PM Modi's personal Twitter account, which is the third most followed Twitter handle globally after those of US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

President Trump has used the platform to make official statements, rant about news outlets, bully opponents, connect directly to his followers, and with a single tweet, caused a media firestorm.

As expected, Twitter's elimination of "locked" users accounts from public follower counts has resulted in a decline for many users - including the biggest celebs on the platform, like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lady Gaga. Company CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted he personally lost 200,000 followers.

Television stars Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian West each lost more than a million followers.

Reham Khan, who just released her book today lost just 9k followers which is quite a small figure as compared to the expected loss she could have experienced considering the hate she was experiencing after her book got published.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde wrote. The social media giant is purging millions of suspicious accounts.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer. Amitabh Bachchan has in fact faced the biggest hit by losing out on the maximum number of followers. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama lost about 2 million, leaving him with 101 million overall. Others are unwittingly followed by accounts that have gone dormant.

"As part of our ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter, every part of the service matters", read its blog post.

By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports.

Earlier this week, Twitter said tens of millions of accounts previously locked due to suspicious activity will be removed from its follower counts.