Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost 200000 followers in fake-user purge

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In some ways, the crackdown is a risk to Twitter's business model, as even fake accounts can boost the amount of content on the service and increase the time people spend on it. "Deleting a large number of fake accounts. raises uncertainty on near-term monthly user gains", Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jitendra Waral said.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

Christian who goes by the username XtianDela lost over 500,000 followers which led him to a drop from over 1 million followers while Nyakundi lost over 400,000.

Going by the current count, Shah Rukh Khan happens to retain his top spot as the "Most Followed Bollywood Actor" on Twitter right now. On Wednesday, Twitter announced that they were performing a "purge", of sorts, which would get rid of frozen or suspicious accounts.

The Twitter follower purge has officially begun, and the most popular people on Twitter are a bit less popular than they used to be. Twitter said its service-wide average drop was expected to be four followers. To handle the problem, the social media company Twitter has chose to delete millions of accounts in order to reduce the number of fake followers.

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.

Twitter's own @twitter account shed millions of followers.

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But the confirmation of removal of fake accounts, even if not from the reported metrics, resulted in Twitter's shares falling almost nine per cent, erasing $3.1 billion in market value earlier this week.

Twitter shares fell 5% on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth.

Uhuru had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12, but lost 16,071 of them in the purge.

According to Variety, U.S. President Donald Trump lost around 300,000 followers, ten times as many as Trudeau; Gulf News says India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost 270,000 followers; and former U.S. president Barack Obama lost more than 2 million followers, according to Time.

Twitter Canada would not comment on individual accounts, citing privacy considerations. This could arise from following many people at once, sending out tweets above the set limit or constantly sending out tweets with links leading to a false information.

The number of Trump's followers has "more than doubled since taking office", the study authors said.