President Trump loses 300K followers in Twitter purge

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Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russian Federation has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russian Federation probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE, who had 53.4 million Twitter followers before the platform began pulling accounts from follower lists this week, had 53.1 million followers as of Thursday afternoon.

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. Mr Bieber, who has the second most followed account on the site, suffered the same fate, losing nearly 2.7m followers.

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.

In Kenya, some of the bigwigs who had over a million and hundreds of thousands of followers have been the worst casualties in the ongoing clean up.

Twitter's top executive didn't slide by unscathed in the social-media site's crackdown on fake followers.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

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Barack Obama went from 103 million followers to 101 million. As per the latest figures on Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, around 7.22 million Twitter users are following the young leader.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), possibly Twitter's most controversial major user, saw his follower count drop by about 300,000, from 53.4 million to 53.1 million, on Thursday.

The accounts being removed from follower counts could be locked for a variety of reasons, including tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or misleading links, the company said.

These users are different to spam or bots, explained Gadde, because it is unclear if the original account owner still has control or access to it.

Early reports had the president losing just around 100,000 followers in his count on Twitter, but the Hollywood Reporter states that the number has continued to grow.

Mr Trump lost over 304,140 followers from the start of the week, while Mr Johnson lost 28,961.

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