President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are among Kenyans who have lost a sizeable chunk of social media following, in an ongoing purge by social network giant Twitter to weed out dubious accounts.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Thursday that Twitter "removed 4,000 of my followers" as the social networking site purged fake accounts - including 300,000 reportedly from President Donald Trump's feed - that were disabled because of suspicious activity.More news: Nets Trade Jeremy Lin to the Hawks
Twitter announced on Wednesday that users would see a drop in their follower accounts on Thursday as the company clamped down on "problematic" and "fake" accounts. On 11 July, he had 34.89 million followers but the number dropped to 34.47 million in just 24 hours.
"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud".
"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained. 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.More news: Netflix knocks HBO off its throne, as Emmy voters spread the wealth
The average user was told to expect a drop of about four followers or fewer, while the more followed account holders were warned it could be a lot higher.
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Barack Obama went from 103 million followers to 101 million. "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". Other accounts were locked for tweeting large amounts of unwarranted replies or mentions, misleading links, or "if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them".More news: Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge
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.