Celebrities See Twitter Followers Drop As Clampdown Begins

Celebrities See Twitter Followers Drop As Clampdown Begins

On Wednesday, Twitter said it was making the change in order to boost the credibility of follower-count numbers and improve transparency.

In fact, in the last 2 months, Twitter has blocked millions of Twitter accounts that are running fraudulently and the rumours were being spread through those accounts.

Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost more followers than most people have on Thursday afternoon after his company started to purge inactive accounts.

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates lost almost 900,000 followers, while basketball star LeBron James' follower count dropped by 880,000.

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Twitter, as a most-used social media has a number of fake accounts and these fake accounts are being traced to be deleted. They found that a majority of their followers (55%) were other scientists, a phenomenon they call "inreach".

The Twitter follower purge has officially begun, and the most popular people on Twitter are a bit less popular than they used to be. Some conservatives on Twitter argued that the purge was politically motivated. This is PM Modi's personal Twitter account, which is the third most followed Twitter handle globally after those of US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis. As per reports, Rahul Gandhi lost 12, 974 Twitter followers. CFO Ned Segal said in a tweet that "most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted". It said most users would see a change of four followers or fewer, but accounts with a high number of followers will experience a larger drop.

While all users are likely to have lost at least some followers, the reduction in follower counts can affect major Twitter influencers and celebrities heavily. While key users won't be happy to see their hard-earned follower numbers dropping, it's only logical that insincere and bogus accounts be removed once discovered to be so.

"Over time", the bank added, "they should actually have a positive impact on attracting more advertisers and dollars to the platform".