Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

Pakistani celebrity Twitter users with massive followers also experienced the same decrease.

Starting Thursday, Twitter has been locking fictitious accounts for bulk tweeting, posting large number of unsolicited replies, or sharing links with misleading information.

Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

President Trump and former president Barack Obama have both lost Twitter followers as a result of the social networking site purging questionable its accounts.

In his tweet on Thursday, Dorsey said, "Action on this starts today". Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

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".

It added, "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

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.

The great Twitter purge has begun - and famous users have already lost millions of fake followers.

He said average Twitter users will not see such a dramatic difference in their follower counts, with most people losing only about four followers or fewer. On 11 July, the follower count was 26.68 million and now the figure is 26.55 million.

Since Twitter announced that it would be working to reduce questionable accounts, President Trump has lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers, while former president Barack Obama is down nearly 400,000 of his 104 million followers as of Wednesday, according to a report from Washington Post.

Unilever was among the major companies that threatened in February to pull advertising from social-media services, including Twitter, because of a rise in hate speech, abusive content and fake news.

As one would expect after reading the Times report, so did Lewis, who once boasted more than 700,000 followers.

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