Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts

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Starting with the more popular accounts on Twitter, Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter has lost over 2 million, Twitter itself has lost a cool 7.5 million, Obama over 2 million and interesting enough, Donald Trump has only lost 100,000 followers.

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

"The people who are doing the clean up on Twitter should be given the task to deal with graft in Kenya, I think they will wipe it out completely", said one Twitter user.

The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.

The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers.

Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge.

Twitter is removing inactive accounts that may have been taken over by spammers and bots.

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Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company.

U.S. singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. "Twitter purge doing the most".

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

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal also lost about a million from his 15.3 million followers, and Oprah lost about 1.4 million followers, the Times reports.

Tech executive Elon Musk saw the smallest dip, 0.3 percent, or about 71,000 followers. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Twitter reiterated.

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