Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

It's not news that President Donald Trump has always loved to speak his mind on Twitter, but now, he's going to be doing it to a smaller number of followers than he had before.

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing "locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

There have been many instances in the past few years of people using bot accounts to promote certain campaigns, and this has made Twitter lose its credibility over the years.

The change in follower counts doesn't affect the active user totals Twitter tracks and reports on a quarterly basis to investors, according to the company.

Nobody messes with Twitter, you see.

Twitter has been under increased public scrutiny over complaints of fake and automated Twitter profiles that are spreading fake news, spamming the micro-blogging site, abusing others or impersonating people.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime minister Stephen Harper, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's follower accounts have all lost thousands of Twitter followers, as the social media giant moves to purge fake accounts.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

Katy Perry has maintained her place as the most followed person on Twitter.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

"In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in".

Twitter is now clamping down on problem accounts, including all locked accounts.

"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", Gadde wrote.

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