Obama loses more than 2 million Twitter followers amid crackdown

14 July, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Rafael Roberts

According to data analytics website Twitter Audit, Modi, Kejriwal and Gandhi together have a combined Twitter credibility of just 35% - only 35 out of every 100 followers on an average are "real people".

Twitter's purge of suspicious accounts Wednesday has resulted in the social media platform's most popular users taking big hits to their number of followers.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too lost almost 32,000 followers (13.8 million).

Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed. Dorsey said he lost 200,000 followers in a tweet.

Twitter locks accounts when it detects "sudden changes in account behavior", like tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions - in other words, signs that it's engaging in spam or bot-like activity.

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".

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Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts.

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday. The fake and frozen accounts out there were a huge part of many user follower counts, but they aren't going to be any longer. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

Removing locked accounts from follower counts won't impact Twitter's monthly or daily active user metrics, the company said on Wednesday.

As one would expect after reading the Times report, so did Lewis, who once boasted more than 700,000 followers.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.

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