Leaders across the World including Pakistan lose millions of Twitter followers
DUBAI - Celebrities around the world lost millions of followers on Twitter after the micro-blogging site deleted suspicious accounts.
"This specific update is focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on our service and often associated with account credibility," Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a blog post, <link> *ANI * <link> reported.
"This week, we'll be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down."
"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," Gadde added.
The followers of Twitter's primary account came down from 62.83 million to 55.1million.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost nearly 300,000 followers, while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers.
With this clean-up exercise, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) has lost 74,132 followers.
While BJP President Amit Shah was left poorer by 33,363 followers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 91,555 followers.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has lost 21,878 followers, SocialBlade.com showed.
The official handle (@PMOIndia) lost 140,635 followers.
Most followed celebrity on Twitter, Katy Perry, lost 1.5 million followers while Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift lost about two million followers each.
Amongst politicians, Barack Obama lost two million followers, while US President Donald Trump lost 340,000 followers.