Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown — Fake Twitter users

While it excludes spam accounts in reported user data, Twitter noted early this year that monthly active user numbers would be "negatively impacted" by efforts to expunge fake accounts.

Twitter CEO Jack Dosey tweeted out a message on Wednesday stating that the popular microblogging site would be "removing locked Twitter accounts (locked when we detect suspicious changes in behavior) from follower counts across profiles globally", adding that " the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down". Twitter locks accounts when they display a sudden change of behaviour, like sending lots of unsolicited replies.

Singer Katy Perry saw more than 3 million of the 110 million followers on her Twitter account suddenly vanish, while Justin Bieber's social media account shrunk by 1.4 million.

Celebrity accounts on Twitter have seen a big drop in numbers overnight, thanks to a rule change by the company.

Coming back to the local scene, we have seen some significant drop in follower counts in some accounts.

President Donald Trump's yuge Twitter following has taken a whack. In February megastar Amitabh Bachchan accused the social media giant of reducing the number of his followers. "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.

Barack Obama's (@barackobama) total followers shrank by 2.1 million, or 2.1%, to 101.5 million.

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

Well, the world champion in boxing got 123k followers knocked out from his list which I would definitely call a big loss for the celeb and now he has 2.2M followers.

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

Unilever was among the major companies that threatened in February to pull advertising from social-media services, including Twitter, because of a rise in hate speech, abusive content and fake news.

Twitter has been under increased public scrutiny over complaints of fake and automated Twitter profiles that are spreading fake news, spamming the micro-blogging site, abusing others or impersonating people.