Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Twitter locks accounts when it detects "sudden changes in account behavior", like tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions - in other words, signs that it's engaging in spam or bot-like activity.

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.

Since Twitter announced that it would be working to reduce questionable accounts, President Trump has lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers, while former president Barack Obama is down nearly 400,000 of his 104 million followers as of Wednesday, according to a report from Washington Post.

In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

As Twitter continues to rid its platform of suspicious accounts, many users, including influential profiles like U.S. President Donald Trump, could see a significant drop in followers.

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users.

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Even though Dorsey lost a ton of followers, he still should get good engagement on his tweets.

President Trump and former president Barack Obama have both lost Twitter followers as a result of the social networking site purging questionable its accounts.

Others taking big hits included Taylor Swift, at 2.7 percent; Ellen DeGeneres, 2.5 percent; Lady Gaga, 1.9 percent; Justin Bieber, 1.3 percent; and Rihanna, 0.6 percent.

On Wednesday, Twitter said it was making the change in order to boost the credibility of follower-count numbers and improve transparency.

However, Vijaya Gadde, from Twitter's trust and safety team made it clear that most of these accounts still have real people behind them.

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