Twitter Purges 300K Trump Followers, Ari Fleischer Loses 4K

On Wednesday, Twitter announced that they were performing a "purge", of sorts, which would get rid of frozen or suspicious accounts.

The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity - such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets - and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower counts. Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter, lost at least 1.5 million followers, leaving her leaving her at 107 million followers, Variety reports.

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

President Trump now has around 53.1 million followers, according to his account page.

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company.

The most-followed account on Twitter belongs to popular singer Katy Perry, who lost 1.5 million followers; the number now stands at 108.1 million.

The size of the drops were not directly correlated to the amount of initial followers. On 11 July, the follower count was 26.68 million and now the figure is 26.55 million.

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

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his 2017 presidential running mate Kalonzo Musyoka had also lost a significant number of followers at 11,159 and 3,387 respectively.

Barack Obama's (@barackobama) total followers shrank by 2.1 million, or 2.1%, to 101.5 million. In February megastar Amitabh Bachchan accused the social media giant of reducing the number of his followers. They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today. "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 & Safety Lead, said in a blog post.

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