Big Twitter accounts see follower numbers drop after fake-user purge

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge

President Donald Trump lost 204,000 of his 53.3 million followers, placing him at no. 18 on Keyhole's list.

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.

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U.S. president Donald Trump, singers Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and British actor Stephen Fry were among a multitude of Twitter celebrities to be affected by the cull.

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"If we detect sudden changes in account behavior, we may lock the account and contact the owner to confirm they still have control of it", the company stated.

In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek the platform will see a drop in around six percent of followers in the coming days. Some celebrities lost the equivalent of a city's or even a small nation's worth of followers in mere minutes.

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His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday.

The accounts being removed from follower counts could be locked for a variety of reasons, including tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or misleading links, the company said. Trump, on the otherhand, gained more than 14,000 followers overnight following the deletion of accounts, almost double the rate he gained followers in a similar time interval in previous weeks.

While eliminating locked accounts from follower totals will not affect MAU or DAU totals, Twitter's efforts to shut down other kinds of accounts - including those set up by spammers - potentially could, Gadde acknowledged. Twitter said its service-wide average drop was expected to be four followers.

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