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Twitter purge: Don't be surprised if you lose followers

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Twitter made an announcement on Wednesday, as we also reported yesterday that Twitter is letting go of locked accounts and hence locked accounts will no longer be included in people's follower numbers.

Twitter's resident English teacher and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 1,51,509 followers (6.59 million) in just 24 hours, while the government's minister-on-call Sushma Swaraj lost close to 75,000 followers (11.8 million). With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.

If your account has been locked during Twitter's purge, it will remain in the same state unless the owner validates the account and resets the password.

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform.

By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports.

Twitter had warned that it will lock all accounts that show suspicious activity, which has directly impacted the number of followers on a particular account.

"Removing locked accounts from followers doesn't impact MAU or DAU", Twitter said in a blog post.

Renowned bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Xtiandela were the top losers in the country-both registering a decline in followership by a whooping half a million. "Twitter purge doing the most".

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

According to social media analytics service Socialblade, the nine biggest Twitter accounts - Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ellen Degeneres, Christiano Ronaldo and YouTube - all saw drops of more than 2 million followers each.

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