Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost more followers than most people have on Thursday afternoon after his company started to purge inactive accounts.

The great Twitter purge has begun - and famous users have already lost millions of fake followers.

On Wednesday, Twitter said it was making the change in order to boost the credibility of follower-count numbers and improve transparency.

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

Twitter, in a blog, stated that it would suspend private accounts in a bid to curb fake news by limiting fake users: "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate".

Across the board, Twitter's most followed celebrities felt a cut on Thursday. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the USA presidential election.

Christian who goes by the username XtianDela lost over 500,000 followers which led him to a drop from over 1 million followers while Nyakundi lost over 400,000.

He lost just 326,118 followers on Thursday, the day before most accounts saw a drop, and on Friday he regained 5,339 followers.

Twitter purge has me down 715 followers. someone has to stop this madness.

Briefing the matter, a Twitter spokesperson said that company has done a clean up on the micro-blogging site. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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