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Twitter’s purge of locked accounts costs Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal followers

13 July 2018, 11:49 | Myron Mathis

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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.

Basically, he's lost half his Twitter followers in the purge.

Twitter said Wednesday it was purging the "locked" accounts in part to increase trust in and transparency about the service. As a result, Twitter accounts with a large number of followers lost a significant amount of users, which, based on the estimates of social media data firm Keyhole, top 100 accounts have lost about 2 percent of their followers.

In January, the New York Times reported on Devumi, a company that sells followers and retweets to anyone who wanted to inflate their social media influence.

He said average Twitter users will not see such a dramatic difference in their follower counts, with most people losing only about four followers or fewer. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.


"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained.

If your account has been locked during Twitter's purge, it will remain in the same state unless the owner validates the account and resets the password. By Thursday evening, the @POTUS handle had actually gained a number of followers, even though the numbers are still continuing to fluctuate a little here and there.

When asked to comment on the drop in followers of Mr. Gandhi's account, the Congress' communications chief, Randeep Surjewala, said: "Our understanding from the Twitter statement is that accounts that have been inactive for over a month have been removed without verifying if they are fake or real accounts".

Coming back to the local scene, we have seen some significant drop in follower counts in some accounts.

It's always been an open secret that numerous Twitter users rely on bogus accounts and bots to inflate their follower count.



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