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

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Meanwhile, Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), possibly Twitter's most controversial major user, saw his follower count drop by about 300,000, from 53.4 million to 53.1 million, on Thursday. Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter, lost at least 1.5 million followers, leaving her leaving her at 107 million followers, Variety reports.

In a Wednesday announcement, Twitter said it would begin deleting accounts that had been locked on suspicion of being hacked or used for spam, according to the Daily Beast. Ms Perry, who has the most followed profile on the site, has lost 2.8 million followers, dropping from 109.6m to 106.7m.

Twitter's official account on the social network was not spared from the purge as it shed 7.5 million fake accounts to drop from 62.85 million to 55.35 million as at press time.

"These sudden changes in account behavior could include Tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions, Tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them", it further explained.

Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts.

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", said Twitter in a blog.

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"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud".

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.

'@MisterseunPR' said: "Just lost over a thousand followers".

By contrast, former President Barack Obama's count fell by 2.1 million followers, or 2.1 percent, to 101.5 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".

By Thursday, Twitter had slashed tens of millions of accounts with suspicious behaviour, but the social media giant did not provide an exact figure.

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