Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.
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.
Meanwhile Britney Spears (14th in terms of followers) did lose more than 2 million, and Twitter's own corporate Twitter account (16th) lost more than 7 million.
CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000.
By contrast, former President Barack Obama's count fell by 2.1 million followers, or 2.1 percent, to 101.5 million.
The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.
The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the US presidential election.Читайте также: Streaming rules Emmys as Netflix snaps 17-year HBO streak
Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday.
Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.
This is not the first time a celebrity has lost followers on Twitter.
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.
"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained.
Popular radio presenter Shaffie Weru also spoke about the purge making light of the situation noting: "Twitter is doing away with all fake followers.nobody can stop reggae my frens (friends), we are all dying".
Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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