Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown


However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

Twitter, in a blog, stated that it would suspend private accounts in a bid to curb fake news by limiting fake users: "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate".

The announcement follows the Washington Post's report last week that Twitter is increasingly cracking down on fake accounts, with the company suspending 70 million accounts between May and June.

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.

Television stars Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian West each lost more than a million followers.

If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account. As per the latest figures on Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, around 7.22 million Twitter users are following the young leader. When Twitter starts deleting the bot [accounts controlled by software] accounts next, then the follower counts will decrease a lot.

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Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

Don't be surprised if you see your follower count drop on Twitter.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

Accounts are locked for unusual activity, such as tweeting a large amount of unsolicited replies or mentions. The increased rate of suspensions throws into question Twitter's estimate that spam or troll accounts make up only a small fraction of its users.

Twitter says for an average user, the follower count is likely to drop by 4 but for those having over thousands of followers the effect can be quite significant as is the case with Modi. They had been locked out of the platform and not sought to reactivate their accounts after at least 30 days of notification.