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Kenyans troll Twitter bigwigs who lost followers in purge

Kenyans troll Twitter bigwigs who lost followers in purge

The most popular accounts have more than 100 million followers, and Donald Trump is far down the list with 53.1 million.

Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers on Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million on Thursday afternoon.

The most-followed account on Twitter belongs to popular singer Katy Perry, who lost 1.5 million followers; the number now stands at 108.1 million.

A number of sports celebrities have seen their Twitter followings take a dive.

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts.

Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers. He lost just 326,118 followers on Thursday, the day before most accounts saw a drop, and on Friday he regained 5,339 followers.




"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud". He's likely still going to keep tweeting out news and calling others out on their fake news reports, but the president and many others are going to be doing it to smaller audiences thanks to the Twitter purge.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

Social media giant says it will start shutting down suspicious accounts it has locked.

Twitter had warned that it will lock all accounts that show suspicious activity, which has directly impacted the number of followers on a particular account. The stock gained 3.2% on Thursday.

"This specific update is focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on our service and often associated with account credibility", she added.