Twitter Bigwigs Who Suffered Massive Loss of Followers After Cleanup

He added in another tweet, "Look, if they're genuinely fake or dead accounts, I have no problem with it.But how do we know?"

Former President Obama lost more than 2 million followers on Twitter this week as the social platform removed inactive and locked accounts from follower counts, according to a preliminary review by The Hill.

President Trump and former president Barack Obama have both lost Twitter followers as a result of the social networking site purging questionable its accounts. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

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.

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Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed. This week, the company said it will remove these from profiles, reducing the number of followers users have.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

For the average Twitter user, it is expected to be only a handful of accounts.

They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today.

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Kenyans with a significantly small following also faced the purge with some reporting they had lost between 100-200 followers by Friday morning.

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts.

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.

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