Twitter purge hits Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto and bloggers Nyakundi, Dela

Twitter purge

Twitter purge

Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.

Her tweet comes after many prominent Twitter users across the world lost more than a million followers as federal and state agencies in the U.S. started investigating shadowy agencies that sell fake followers.

United States singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

The move was not expected to affect Twitter's average active user counts, which are key metrics Wall Street uses to track growth.


This is not the first time a celebrity has lost followers on Twitter.

Pop music artist Katy Perry, whose account is the most followed, lost more than 2.8 million followers on Thursday, a 2.6 percent fall from the day earlier. The accounts that Twitter was purging today were locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour" and if the owners didn't validate their accounts, they were henceforth purged.

According to The Hill, which reviewed the impact of the Twitter purge, "Obama, who had 104 million Twitter followers prior to the crackdown, had roughly 101 million as of Thursday afternoon".

The majority of Twitter users will see a reduction of four followers or fewer, but those with larger follower counts will see a bigger drop, the company said. I lost 0 followers from the Twitter purge.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a post.

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