Why Twitter users can drop in their follower count
Fox Business Outlook: Social media giant says that it will begin with the closure of suspicious accounts will be blocked.
Twitter’s purge of suspicious accounts Wednesday has resulted in the social media platform of the most popular users who have large hits to their number of followers.
Or emptying of the consequences for their egos is another matter.
One of the biggest losers is the former President Barack Obama, who lost more than 2 million followers in the purge of the accounts suspected of being fake.
President Donald Trump’s Twitter following also shrunk, with 400,000, USA Today reported.
Twitter said Wednesday that the ordinary people probably won’t see much of a difference in their number of followers, that could drop to only four or even less. But those with a large constituency, such as politicians and celebrities, should be prepared for the changes.
“We understand that this can be difficult for some, but we believe that the accuracy and the transparency makes Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy, trust and safety lead, wrote in a message.
Singer Katy Perry saw more than 3 million of the 110 million followers on her Twitter account suddenly disappear, while Justin Bieber’s social media account has decreased by 1.4 million.
Another big loser in the purge was Twitter itself, which shed 7.5 million of the nearly 63 million followers because of the change.
The company noted its aim was no longer to recognize and followers whose accounts are frozen for suspicious or possible fraudulent behavior on the platform.
“Although the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts can continue to change regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts,” Gadde wrote.
“This particular update is focused on followers, because it is one of the most visible features on our service and is often associated with account credibility,” she added.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.