Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost 200 000 followers in fake-user purge


Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet on Thursday that he lost 200 000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts. Barack Obama went down 2.1 million.

Prime Minister Modi, according to socialblade.com, lost 2, 84,746 followers and now has 43.1 million followers.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his 2017 presidential running mate Kalonzo Musyoka had also lost a significant number of followers at 11,159 and 3,387 respectively.

The microblogging site explained that it has been locking accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behaviour.

Twitter had announced the cleanup on Wednesday in reforms it said were aimed at safeguarding the confidence in follower counts.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.

If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account.

However, Twitter's primary account itself appears to be the biggest loser, Variety reported, losing 7.5 million fake accounts - or 12 percent - from 62.85 million earlier Thursday to 55.35 million by mid-afternoon.

Renowned bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Xtiandela were the top losers in the country-both registering a decline in followership by a whooping half a million. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

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

Union minister Smriti Irani, who has, of late, been lying low on Twitter, lost close to 40,000 followers (8.19 million) while minister without portfolio Arun Jaitley was down by over 50,000 followers (13 million). He's likely still going to keep tweeting out news and calling others out on their fake news reports, but the president and many others are going to be doing it to smaller audiences thanks to the Twitter purge.

A Twitter Inc policy change on Thursday to increase the service's credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 per cent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.

According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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