As Twitter Targets Fake Accounts, PM Modi Loses 3 Lakh Followers, Barack Obama Loses 4 Lakh

| July 13 , 2018 , 17:39 IST

In the wake of Twitter's crackdown on fake or out-of-date accounts, Twitter has erased 70 million fake accounts in the last couple of months to fight bots and trolls over the platform. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter followers have been reduced by 3 lakh, with the number of followers going down from 43.1 million from 43.4 million. 

Former US President Barack Obama's Twitter followers fell by nearly 400,000 out of his total 104 million followers. Meanwhile, current US President Donald Trump saw a decline of about 100,000 followers of his total of 53.4 million followers on the platform.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi lost 17,503 followers while Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 1,51,509 followers and Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah lost 21,878 followers. 

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lost 74,132 followers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lost 91,555 followers and BJP President Amit Shah lost 33,363 followers.

Twitter has been actively taking steps to curb out the fake to promote healthy conversation on the platform. Twitter has announced on Wednesday that users are likely to experience this sudden spew.

A Twitter blog post on Wednesday said, “Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation.”

“Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts,” the post read.

In the month of May and June, Twitter had removed over 70 million fake accounts and is continuously erasing further fake accounts. That also led to a major decline in the number of monthly users in the second quarter that ended last month.