Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

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

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

Twitter said that a lot of people would see a change of about 4 followers or fewer but those people with larger follower accounts would experience a more significant drop.

The most followed Bollywood celebrities on Twitter namely- Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone are amongst the many famous personalities who have lost out on over Three lakh followers.

Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

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Jemo Munuhe, who lost threem, said: "Fake it till you make it on these Twitter streets". Other accounts were locked for tweeting large amounts of unwarranted replies or mentions, misleading links, or "if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them".

U.S. President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and American singer Katy Perry, the most followed celebrities on Twitter, lost an astonishing number of followers on Thursday following Twitter's account purge.

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.

The drop in the follower count, however, has nothing to do with popularity of the Modi government.

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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.

When the Times story was published, McHenry had 506,478 followers, meaning she's lost almost 56 percent of her Twitter followers since January.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.

"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.

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Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

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