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


Ironically, the purge's biggest victim is Twitter's own primary account which had to bid farewell to 7.5 million followers, a 12% drop from 62.85 million to 55.35 million.

For the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which welcomed the move by Twitter, the official handle had seen a decrease of about 40,000 followers, the head of the party's social media and IT, Ankit Lal, said.

In the global scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday.

Singer Katy Perry saw more than 3 million of the 110 million followers on her Twitter account suddenly vanish, while Justin Bieber's social media account shrunk by 1.4 million. Others such as US President Donald Trump, celebrities Rihanna and Oprah Winfrey also lost significant numbers.

Perry, who had 110 million followers, now has 107 million, USA Today reported.

Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday.

Celebrity accounts on Twitter have seen a big drop in numbers overnight, thanks to a rule change by the company.

Twitter said the purge is meant to boost confidence in the platform as it continues efforts to crack down on fake profiles that spread spam and political propaganda.

For Twitter, anyone who tweets a large volume of unsolicited replies, unnecessarily tags a large number of people or tweets misleading links becomes a suspicious user.

Former President Barack Obama lost roughly 2.6 million followers. The politicians now have 101 million and 53.1 million followers, respectively. Trump, on the otherhand, gained more than 14,000 followers overnight following the deletion of accounts, almost double the rate he gained followers in a similar time interval in previous weeks.

In the announcement, Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde said the company estimated the average user would lose four followers or fewer.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has the second largest Twitter following in India, suffered a loss of about 4 lakh followers.