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Twitter CEO loses 200,000 followers in fake account purge

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Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 14:39

President Donald Trump, one of the most prolific and high-profile tweeters, lost about 100,000 of his approximately 53.4 million Twitter followers, according to the Washington Post, and former President Barack Obama lost about 400,000 from his 104 million followers.

Twitter CEO Jack Dosey tweeted out a message on Wednesday stating that the popular microblogging site would be "removing locked Twitter accounts (locked when we detect suspicious changes in behavior) from follower counts across profiles globally", adding that " the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down".

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform. Locked accounts had already been kept out of Twitter's daily and monthly active user figures.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.

Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed.

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Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined.

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.

Meanwhile Britney Spears (14th in terms of followers) did lose more than 2 million, and Twitter's own corporate Twitter account (16th) lost more than 7 million.

The majority of Twitter users will see a reduction of four followers or fewer, but those with larger follower counts will see a bigger drop, the company said. "Twitter purge doing the most".

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", it explained.