Obama, Katy Perry, Rihanna lose millions of Twitter followers during crackdown

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The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the USA presidential election.

Twitter announced on Wednesday that users would see a drop in their follower accounts on Thursday as the company clamped down on "problematic" and "fake" accounts.

While it can not be said for certain that the fluctuation in follower counts is attributable to the follower purge, CTVNews.ca's analysis of these accounts show there has been some considerable change among some of the country's most-followed politicians and political accounts.

USA singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

As one would expect after reading the Times report, so did Lewis, who once boasted more than 700,000 followers. This change is the social media site's latest move in its war against abusive or fake accounts.

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav saw a drop of over 2,200 in his number of followers on the microblogging site.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behaviour".

Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined.

Twitter's decision to delete locked accounts this week has cost India's political leaders lakhs of followers, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handle seeing a decrease of over 2 lakh followers as on Friday evening. "As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down", it said, explaining that "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop", the public network warned".

Pakistani celebrity Twitter users with massive followers also experienced the same decrease.

And while Obama lost more followers than Trump, he also started out with almost double the follow count.

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