Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

President Trump loses 300K followers in Twitter purge

President Trump loses 300K followers in Twitter purge

Union minister Smriti Irani, who has, of late, been lying low on Twitter, lost close to 40,000 followers (8.19 million) while minister without portfolio Arun Jaitley was down by over 50,000 followers (13 million).

The head of the company's legal team, Vijaya Gadde, said that most accounts would only lose around four followers as a result of the new measures.

Across the board, Twitter's most followed celebrities felt a cut on Thursday.

The crackdown did not spare two leading Kenyan social media influencers Cyprian Nyakundi and Christian Dela.

While BJP President Amit Shah was left poorer by 33,363 followers, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 91,555 followers.

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"This is another step to improve Twitter, and ensure everyone can have confidence in their followers", Twitter said in a statement Thursday.

The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts. "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", Twitter announced on Wednesday. "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".

Locked accounts, which differ from spam or bots, are restricted from posting when activity such as tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions are detected.

Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russian Federation has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russian Federation probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE, who had 53.4 million Twitter followers before the platform began pulling accounts from follower lists this week, had 53.1 million followers as of Thursday afternoon.

Since the clean-up started, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost 2,84,746 followers (43.1 million currently) while Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers (7.22 million). The politicians now have 101 million and 53.1 million followers, respectively.

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