Since Twitter announced that it would be working to reduce questionable accounts, President Trump has lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers, while former president Barack Obama is down nearly 400,000 of his 104 million followers as of Wednesday, according to a report from Washington Post.
"This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally", said Twitter. Twitter had announced two days ago that it is starting to remove some Twitter handles which were locked earlier for suspicious behaviour.
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". Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are among the casualties of the ongoing war on dormant and fake followers by social media giant, Twitter.
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When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.
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Kenyans with a significantly small following also faced the purge with some reporting they had lost between 100-200 followers by Friday morning.
"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.
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.
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