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Twitter purge on dormant followers catches up with Uhuru and Ruto

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Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2018, 14:38

He added in another tweet, "Look, if they're genuinely fake or dead accounts, I have no problem with it.But how do we know?"

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. 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.

CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000.

Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports.

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Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform. Dorsey tweeted that he saw 200,000 of his own followers vanish.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

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".

The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behavior such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead, said in a blog post.

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