Kenyans troll Twitter bigwigs who lost followers in purge

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 13, 2018

Popular Twitter users who have branded themselves as influencers have lost countless followers in the wake of the new regulations to curb fake accounts. Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter, lost at least 1.5 million followers, leaving her leaving her at 107 million followers, Variety reports.

Union minister Smriti Irani, who has, of late, been lying low on Twitter, lost close to 40,000 followers (8.19 million) while minister without portfolio Arun Jaitley was down by over 50,000 followers (13 million).

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

Twitter locks accounts when it detects "sudden changes in account behavior", like tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions - in other words, signs that it's engaging in spam or bot-like activity.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

This is PM Modi's personal Twitter account, which is the third most followed Twitter handle globally after those of US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis. Social media maven Kim Kardashian West lost about 1.5 million followers.

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Since the above tweet was published on Thursday evening, Lewis's follower count has dropped further to 363,000.

"Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts", Gadde wrote.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.

It is these accounts which have been lying locked for a while that are now being removed. Barack Obama went down 2.1 million.

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". "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency will make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

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