Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

Twitter purge has me down 715 followers. someone has to stop this madness.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet on Thursday that he lost 200 000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts. Ms Perry, who has the most followed profile on the site, has lost 2.8 million followers, dropping from 109.6m to 106.7m.

'@MisterseunPR' said: "Just lost over a thousand followers". Twitter locks accounts when they display a sudden change of behaviour, like sending lots of unsolicited replies.

Social Blade, a social media platform user statistics website, is tracking the slide in real time.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former President Barack Obama lost about 400,000 followers. "In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in", Twitter announced on Wednesday.

However, Twitter's primary account itself appears to be the biggest loser, Variety reported, losing 7.5 million fake accounts - or 12 percent - from 62.85 million earlier Thursday to 55.35 million by mid-afternoon.

Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers on Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million on Thursday afternoon. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

According to its official statement, Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers signalling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular platform.

"As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down", it said, explaining that "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop", the public network warned".

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