Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost 200,000 followers in account purge

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President Donald Trump, went from 53.4 to 53.1 million followers, leaving him in 18th place for Twitter followers.

Twitter says for an average user, the follower count is likely to drop by 4 but for those having over thousands of followers the effect can be quite significant as is the case with Modi. Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.

The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers.

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

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

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President Kenyatta, who is among the most followed persons on Twitter in Africa lost 16,071 of his 3,234,935 followers while Mr Ruto unloaded 7,211 followers. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

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".

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop". The president now has 53.1 million followers, according to his account page. Twitter initially warned that its culling of fake followers would affect about 6% of all follows, so Perry actually may have got off lightly.

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".

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