Twitter's safety crackdown: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lose thousands of followers

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Twitter's safety crackdown: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lose thousands of followers

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.

Obama, who had 104 million Twitter followers prior to the crackdown, had roughly 101 million as of Thursday afternoon.

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

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.

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K. Amitabh Bachchan has in fact faced the biggest hit by losing out on the maximum number of followers.

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

Starting Thursday, Twitter has been locking fictitious accounts for bulk tweeting, posting large number of unsolicited replies, or sharing links with misleading information. 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?"

Twitter has been under increased public scrutiny over complaints of fake and automated Twitter profiles that are spreading fake news, spamming the micro-blogging site, abusing others or impersonating people.

When the Times story was published, McHenry had 506,478 followers, meaning she's lost almost 56 percent of her Twitter followers since January.

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday. The social media giant is purging millions of suspicious accounts.

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