PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lose thousands of followers — Twitter's safety crackdown

Among the biggest losers is former President Barack Obama, who lost more than 2 million followers in the purge of accounts suspected of being fake.

Twitter's resident English teacher and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 1,51,509 followers (6.59 million) in just 24 hours, while the government's minister-on-call Sushma Swaraj lost close to 75,000 followers (11.8 million).

Kenyans were not the only ones affected as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself reported that he lost 200,000 followers.

Another Twitter bigwig @xtiandela also lost a chunk of followers from over a million to now 522K as of writing this article.

"This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally", said Twitter.

The social site had warned that users with larger follower counts will experience a significant drop it moved to delete invalidated accounts. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama lost about 2 million, leaving him with 101 million overall. Katy Perry started off with 109 million followers, and a 2.8 million drop represents a decline of approximately 2.6%.

Social Blade, a social media platform user statistics website, is tracking the slide in real time.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has the second largest Twitter following in India, suffered a loss of about 4 lakh followers. However, for those with mega-followers, the impact will be greater although still only a small fraction of their total user lists.

If your account has been locked during Twitter's purge, it will remain in the same state unless the owner validates the account and resets the password. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", it explained.

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts. Without doing so, legit owners won't have access to their accounts.

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.

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