Former US President Obama lost 2.5 million followers; Trump saw his follower count drop by roughly 400,000 and Kim Kardashian unloaded 1.7 million followers in the last day.
"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.More news: Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast
CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama lost about 2 million, leaving him with 101 million overall. This week, the company said it will remove these from profiles, reducing the number of followers users have.
As Twitter continues to rid its platform of suspicious accounts, many users, including influential profiles like U.S. President Donald Trump, could see a significant drop in followers. Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.
The social media platform is removing locked accounts from follower counts to increase credibility.More news: Thailand’s Tham Luang cave to become museum to showcase boys’ rescue
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. While it excludes spam accounts in reported user data, Twitter noted early this year that monthly active user numbers would be "negatively impacted" by efforts to expunge fake accounts.
Popular radio presenter Shaffie Weru also spoke about the purge making light of the situation noting: "Twitter is doing away with all fake followers.nobody can stop reggae my frens (friends), we are all dying". I lost 0 followers from the Twitter purge. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Twitter reiterated.More news: Typhoon Maria landed in coastal regions of Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian