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14 July 2018, 04:13 | Darnell Patrick
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"As the change went into effect, Twitter's "@Twitter" account lost 12.4 percent of its followers compared with Wednesday, the steepest drop among the top 100 accounts by followers, according to Keyhole data.
Social blade, a software that helps track social media stats, threw interesting insights into how politicians fared after Twitter's war on fake followers.
From Narendra Modi to superstar Shah Rukh Khan, notable personalities have lost followers in the Twitter purge. Mr. Gandhi's account, @RahulGandhi, lost over 13,000 followers from 72.23 lakh on Thursday to 72.21 lakh on Friday. The list reads like a who's who of U.S. pop culture, with people like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Oprah collectively losing millions of followers.
The microblogging site explained that it has been locking accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behaviour.
In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.
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U.S. President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and American singer Katy Perry, the most followed celebrities on Twitter, lost an astonishing number of followers on Thursday following Twitter's account purge.
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"There has been a decrease of around 1 lakh followers for Mr. Kejriwal's account and about 40,000 for the AAP handle".
Earlier this week, Twitter said tens of millions of accounts previously locked due to suspicious activity will be removed from its follower counts. The company's stock fell 9 percent on Monday, as Wall Street anxious Twitter's plan to cleanup its platform would impact its user base. It said most users would see a change of four followers or fewer, but accounts with a high number of followers will experience a larger drop.
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