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Twitter had warned that as a result of the move, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

But Hollywood's biggest names were not spared: rapper 50 Cent lost more than 650,000 followers, a 6.3% drop.

The average user was told to expect a drop of four or fewer followers, but warned others would "experience a more significant drop".

Even the official account of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) @pmoindia saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers.

Twitter said most of these accounts "were created by real people" but that it locks accounts if it can not confirm that the original person who opened the account is still in charge. "Twitter purge doing the most".

"Action on this starts today", Twitter's chief executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted, adding he lost 200,000 followers.

The follower purge that has somewhat humbled the follower ego among Twitter users has seen locked accounts deleted from one's total follower counts.

Prime Minister Modi, according to socialblade.com, lost 2, 84,746 followers and now has 43.1 million followers.

Twitter announced July 11 that it would be removing accounts that have been locked for suspicious activity, as part of an ongoing effort to "proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts".

According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

Kenyatta and Ruto lost 16,098 and 7,465 followers respectively as at 2:30 pm on Friday when Capital FM News last checked the number of followers they had on Twitter.

In May of this year Twitter announced that it was locking nearly 10 million suspicious accounts per week and removing many for anti-spam policies.

This means a lot of people could lose followers.

Two of the biggest losers were Twitter's most famous user, President Trump, who saw roughly 400,000 of his 53.4 million followers vanish, and Barack Obama, who bid farewell to more than 2 million.

Twitter Canada would not comment on individual accounts, citing privacy considerations.

Jemo Munuhe, who lost three, said, "Fake it till you make it on these Twitter streets". The stock gained 3.2% on Thursday. It will now be interesting to see how the users react to it; they don't have an option other than accepting anyway.


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