Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

As Twitter Changes Policy, Top Users Lose 2% Followers

As Twitter Changes Policy, Top Users Lose 2% Followers

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the USA presidential election.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.

In the worldwide scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday.

The volume of losses from Trudeau and Harper's accounts may have something to do with having millions of followers, compared to most other top political accounts in Canada that average around a few hundred thousand followers. Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost followers, but he didn't appear upset about it. Dorsey tweeted he lost 200,000 followers, followed by the waving emoji.

Nyakundi's followers have declined from 1.2 million to 696,000, while Dela's numbers stand at 521,000, down from one million.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost around 284,746 followers, as per a News 18 report. Perry remained the most followed person on Twitter following a platform-wide cull of suspicious 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.

The initial cleanup, still in progress, has seen the number of followers of well-known celebrities and public figures dwindle. Trump, on the otherhand, gained more than 14,000 followers overnight following the deletion of accounts, almost double the rate he gained followers in a similar time interval in previous weeks.

Twitter had announced the cleanup on Wednesday in reforms it said were aimed at safeguarding the confidence in follower counts.

However, Vijaya Gadde, from Twitter's trust and safety team made it clear that most of these accounts still have real people behind them. "In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts, and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in".

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