However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform.

The great Twitter purge has begun - and famous users have already lost millions of fake followers. Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are among the casualties of the ongoing war on dormant and fake followers by social media giant Twitter.

In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.

President Trump now has around 53.1 million followers, according to his account page.

He lost just 326,118 followers on Thursday, the day before most accounts saw a drop, and on Friday he regained 5,339 followers.

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "locked" accounts.

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too lost almost 32,000 followers (13.8 million).

Renowned bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Xtiandela were the top losers in the country-both registering a decline in followership by a whooping half a million. 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.

The size of the drops were not directly correlated to the amount of initial followers.

From Narendra Modi to superstar Shah Rukh Khan, notable personalities have lost followers in the Twitter purge.

Union minister Smriti Irani, who has, of late, been lying low on Twitter, lost close to 40,000 followers (8.19 million) while minister without portfolio Arun Jaitley was down by over 50,000 followers (13 million).

This means a lot of people could lose followers.

"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.


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