Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

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Twitter's purge also impacted the chief executive of their own platform, Jack Dorsey, who said he lost 200,000 followers.

Barack Obama lost over 2 million followers from his previous 103.63 million, leaving him at 101 million, while President Donald Trump lost 340,000 followers, taking him from 53.4 million to 53.1 million. "In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in", Twitter announced on Wednesday.

By 5 p.m., President Trump's @realDonaldTrump account had lost about 300,000 followers, bringing his total down to a still impressive 53.1 million.

Back in January, the New York Times took a deep dive into an obscure company called Devumi, which sells Twitter followers - fake ones, though some contain the personal details of real Twitter users - to users who want to pad their social-media statistics.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

"As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down".

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Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain today, Ms Thornberry said it is "extraordinarily rude of Donald Trump to behave like this". We must deal with the causes but also enforcement and where we have lost £7m in our budget in London I have invested £4m.

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

"This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

The two were trolled on Twitter after they lost numbers.

Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts.

The accounts would have originally been blocked for tweeting large volumes of unsolicited replies or mentions, sharing links dubbed "misleading", or were being blocked by a large number of accounts after mentioning them. Twitter on Thursday kicked off its latest effort to rid the platform of fake or frozen accounts. "Twitter understands this may be hard for some, but it believes accuracy and transparency will make the platform a more trusted service for public conversation". The stock gained 3.2% on Thursday.

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