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


Removing locked accounts from follower counts won't impact Twitter's monthly or daily active user metrics, the company said on Wednesday.

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.

U.S. singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts.

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

Kenyans were not the only ones affected as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself reported that he lost 200,000 followers.

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are among the casualties of the ongoing war on dormant and fake followers by social media giant, Twitter.

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".

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.

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers. I guess now people will get to know their true audiences, but I don't believe the actual reach would be hampered in any way.