President Trump loses 300K followers in Twitter purge

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Twitter initially warned that its culling of fake followers would affect about 6% of all follows, so Perry actually may have got off lightly.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet on Thursday that he lost 200 000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

Twitter's resident English teacher and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 1,51,509 followers (6.59 million) in just 24 hours, while the government's minister-on-call Sushma Swaraj lost close to 75,000 followers (11.8 million).

If your account has been locked during Twitter's purge, it will remain in the same state unless the owner validates the account and resets the password.

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". By late Thursday night, the president had officially lost close to 196,000 followers as the purge kept on going.

It's not news that President Donald Trump has always loved to speak his mind on Twitter, but now, he's going to be doing it to a smaller number of followers than he had before.

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On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing "locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

For the average Twitter user, it is expected to be only a handful of accounts.

- Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 12, 2018I've lost about 2000 followers in the "Great Twitter Purge" today.

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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