Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

13 July, 2018, 14:38 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.

Since Twitter started purging locked accounts on Thursday, the tweeter-in-chief has lost 300,000 followers.

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".

CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000.

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

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.


The two are among the so-called influencers who are paid huge amounts of cash to post content on their social media. Dorsey said he lost 200,000 followers in a tweet.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer.

"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. He added in another tweet, "Look, if they're genuinely fake or dead accounts, I have no problem with it.But how do we know?"

The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behavior such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.

Former President Obama lost more than 2 million followers on Twitter this week as the social platform removed inactive and locked accounts from follower counts, according to a preliminary review by The Hill. The change in follower counts doesn't affect the active user totals Twitter tracks and reports on a quarterly basis to investors, according to the company.

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