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Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers

13 July 2018

The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity - such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets - and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower counts.

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", said Twitter in a blog.

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.

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

Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge.

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

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Twitter said that most users will see a drop of "four followers or fewer".

As Twitter continues to rid its platform of suspicious accounts, many users, including influential profiles like U.S. President Donald Trump, could see a significant drop in followers.

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".

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained. The change in follower counts doesn't affect the active user totals Twitter tracks and reports on a quarterly basis to investors, according to the company.

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a post.

Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers