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Offbeat Twitter purge wipes out a big chunk of Trump, Obama followers. Katy Perry's, too.

03:10  13 july  2018
03:10  13 july  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Twitter purge wipes out a big chunk of Trump , Obama followers — and Twitter ' s own. Twitter ' s most famous user, President Trump , saw roughly 200,000 of his 53.4 million followers vanish. Barack Obama bid farewell to a couple million.

Why Donald Trump and Barack Obama are about to lose a lot of Twitter followers . As tens of millions of Twitter accounts are wiped out from follower counts starting Thursday, everyday folks will take a hit in that all-important measure of online popularity and influence, too .

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, former U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage prior to delivering a speech in Paris. Carter Wilkerson, a guy with an insatiable appetite for chicken nuggets, and Obama are among the most retweeted tweets of the year. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, Twitter released its top trending people and subjects ranging from the arts, to politics, to Korean boy bands. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © Associated Press FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, former U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage prior to delivering a speech in Paris. Carter Wilkerson, a guy with an insatiable appetite for chicken nuggets, and Obama are among the most retweeted tweets of the year. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, Twitter released its top trending people and subjects ranging from the arts, to politics, to Korean boy bands. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) SAN FRANCISCO — The Twitter follower purge has officially begun, and the most popular people on Twitter are a bit less popular than they used to be.

Two of the biggest losers were Twitter's most famous user, President Trump, who saw roughly 400,000 of his 53.4 million followers vanish, and Barack Obama, who bid farewell to more than 2 million.

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President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama lost huge numbers of Twitter followers Thursday as the social media company began its promised purge of millions of locked and inactive accounts. Barack Obama . Donald Trump . Missing out on the latest scoops?

President Trump , former President Barack Obama and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey saw immediate plunges on their follower counts. Katy Perry , the most popular user on all of Twitter , saw about 3 million followers disappear, bringing her total down to 107 million.

Most people likely saw a drop of four followers or fewer, according to Twitter. But celebrities like Katy Perry experienced a far more dramatic decline. Perry, who had 110 million followers, now has 107 million. Kim Kardashian suffered more than her famous family members, dropping 1.7 million of her 60.2 million followers.

Twitter's own @twitter account shed millions of followers. Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was not immune. He says he lost 200,000 of his 4 million followers.

Twitter said Wednesday that it would no longer include Twitter accounts that it had frozen for suspicious or potentially fraudulent behavior in the totals of followers listed on people's profiles. Someone's follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence.

The internet has experienced this kind of bloodbath before. In 2014, during the Instagram Rapture, the Facebook-owned company slashed deactivated spam accounts and other accounts that violated its guidelines. Distraught users begged the company to stop decimating follower counts as socially media savvy celebrities such as Justin Bieber mourned the loss of millions of followers. 

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