President Trump loses 300K followers in Twitter purge

Twitter announced recently that it planned to delete accounts that were created by users but may have been taken over by spammers and bots, or what Twitter calls "locked accounts".

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet Thursday that he lost 200,000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.

Some of the losers are among so-called influencers who are paid huge amounts of money to post content on their pages. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

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The two bloggers were trolled on Twitter after they lost numbers.

"As the change went into effect, Twitter's "@Twitter" account lost 12.4 per cent of its followers compared with Wednesday, the steepest drop among the top 100 accounts by followers, according to Keyhole data.

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

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts. Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

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. "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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