Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

Basically, he's lost half his Twitter followers in the purge. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day.

Kenyans with a significantly small following also faced the purge with some reporting they had lost between 100-200 followers by Friday morning.

"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.

The move is aimed at users reportedly inflating their followers on the platform with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to "bolster their political activism, business endeavours or entertainment careers".

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers. They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today.

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Twitter says for an average user, the follower count is likely to drop by 4 but for those having over thousands of followers the effect can be quite significant as is the case with Modi.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 694,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.

Meanwhile, Twitter accounts across the globe saw a drop in their follower count as the micro-blogging site removed "locked accounts" - accounts which have not validated their ownership. "Twitter purge doing the most".

United States 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. "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 & Safety Lead, said in a blog post.

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