Twitter Bigwigs Who Suffered Massive Loss of Followers After Cleanup

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained.

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.

Twitter announced the purge was coming and told users that most would typically see a loss of usually fewer than four followers.

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Thursday that Twitter "removed 4,000 of my followers" as the social networking site purged fake accounts - including 300,000 reportedly from President Donald Trump's feed - that were disabled because of suspicious activity.

Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh 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.

In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

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Having a strong follower base on Twitter is a thing of pride for many, but it serves a greater goal to celebs and social media influencers, who can negotiate deals with advertisers by boasting their impressive follower count.

According to data analytics website Twitter Audit, Modi, Kejriwal and Gandhi together have a combined Twitter credibility of just 35% - only 35 out of every 100 followers on an average are "real people".

In his tweet on Thursday, Dorsey said, "Action on this starts today".

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too lost almost 32,000 followers (13.8 million).

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.

"As part of our ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter, every part of the service matters", read its blog post.

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