The possible reason behind a drop in your Twitter followers

The possible reason behind a drop in your Twitter followers

However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

Twitter's move to remove suspicious accounts from users' followers has hit the follower count of several eminent persons across the world.

"This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally", said Twitter.

Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

The change in follower counts doesn't affect the active user totals Twitter tracks and reports on a quarterly basis to investors, according to the company.

Twitter announced the purge was coming and told users that most would typically see a loss of usually fewer than four followers. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day.

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"As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down".

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

According to Variety, U.S. President Donald Trump lost around 300,000 followers, ten times as many as Trudeau; Gulf News says India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost 270,000 followers; and former U.S. president Barack Obama lost more than 2 million followers, according to Time.

The microblogging site explained that it has been locking accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behaviour.

The initial cleanup, still in progress, has seen the number of followers of well-known celebrities and public figures dwindle.

"In most cases, these [locked] accounts were created by real people but the platform can not confirm that the original person who opened the account still has control and access to it", Twitter had said, adding that spam or bot accounts on the other hand showed "spammy" behaviour from the beginning.

"Action on this starts today", Twitter's chief executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted, adding he lost 200,000 followers.

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