By contrast, former President Barack Obama's count fell by 2.1 million followers, or 2.1 percent, to 101.5 million. The account of Mr. Kejriwal, @ArvindKejriwal, had lost over 90,000 followers from 1.39 crore on Thursday to 1.38 crore on Friday evening. The typical user will lose fewer than five followers, while large accounts could experience a "more significant drop", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head counsel, said in post. The follower count for @realDonaldTrump just dropped 100K.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are among Kenyans who have lost a sizeable chunk of social media following, in an ongoing purge by social network giant Twitter to weed out dubious accounts. In 2014, during the Instagram Rapture, the Facebook-owned company slashed deactivated spam accounts and other accounts that violated its guidelines. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", said Gadde.
Twitter purge has me down 715 followers. someone has to stop this madness. Company CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted he personally lost 200,000 followers.
The accounts that will be removed from follower counts could be locked for a variety of reasons, Twitter said, usually stemming from the company detecting sudden changes in behavior.
Twitter expected most users to see follower counts ebb by four or less, with "a more significant drop" for people with large follower numbers.
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By 5 p.m., President Trump's @realDonaldTrump account had lost about 300,000 followers, bringing his total down to a still impressive 53.1 million.
BCW's own review of 951 Twitter accounts showed that 125 of them, or 13 percent, were now dormant, 33 inactive and nine protected.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, however gained followers, from 1,923,245 on July 12 to 1,923,428. They also remark that papers that are tweeted about more often correlate with a higher number of citations. Twitter initially warned that its culling of fake followers would affect about 6% of all follows, so Perry actually may have got off lightly.
And while Obama lost more followers than Trump, he also started out with almost double the follow count.
U.S. president Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former president Barack Obama lost about 400,000 from his 104 million.