President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.
Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.
Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers. 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. "In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in", Twitterannounced on Wednesday.
The move is aimed at users reportedly inflating their followers on the platform with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to "bolster their political activism, business endeavours or entertainment careers".
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CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has the second largest Twitter following in India, suffered a loss of about 4 lakh followers.
"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".
"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained. "Twitter understands this may be hard for some, but it believes accuracy and transparency will make the platform a more trusted service for public conversation".
YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.