Modi loses 3 lakh, Rahul Gandhi 17,000 Twitter followers

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The Twitter crackdown has cost former President Barack Obama millions of followers.

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.

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 said it had taken the decision due to its "ongoing and global effort to build trust".

Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day.


"These sudden changes in account behavior could include Tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions, Tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them", it further explained.

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop". The social media company then locks such accounts.

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform.

McHenry saw a similar drop this week, going from around 362,800 followers to 223,300 Thursday evening.

When the Times story was published, McHenry had 506,478 followers, meaning she's lost almost 56 percent of her Twitter followers since January. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Twitter reiterated.

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