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Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown — Fake Twitter users

13 July 2018, 02:39 | Erica Roy

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet 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.

In Kenya, some of the bigwigs who had over a million and hundreds of thousands of followers have been the worst casualties in the ongoing clean up. Justin Timberlake rounds out the top 10 accounts with the biggest followings, but he's lost around 1.8 million overnight.

Across the board, Twitter's most followed celebrities felt a cut on Thursday.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the US presidential election.

ODM leader Raila Odinga, however gained followers, from 1,923,245 on July 12 to 1,923,428.

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", said Twitter in a blog. "Twitter purge doing the most".


President Donald Trump's Twitter following also shrunk, by 400,000, USA Today reported.

Obama, who had 104 million Twitter followers prior to the crackdown, had roughly 101 million as of Thursday afternoon.

By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports. I lost 0 followers from the Twitter purge.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

"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 and safety lead, wrote in a post.



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