Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber
Lora Ball | 13 July, 2018, 19:26

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. Perry remained the most followed person on Twitter following a platform-wide cull of suspicious accounts.

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

"This specific update is focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on our service and often associated with account credibility", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a blog post.

Having a strong follower base on Twitter is a thing of pride for many, but it serves a greater objective to celebs and social media influencers, who can negotiate deals with advertisers by boasting their impressive follower count. "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".

As expected, Twitter's elimination of "locked" users accounts from public follower counts has resulted in a decline for many users - including the biggest celebs on the platform, like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform.

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The size of the drops were not directly correlated to the amount of initial followers.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

What do you think of Twitter's attempt to ensure "meaningful and accurate" follower counts?

The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.

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

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