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Other Twitter users impacted by the move included Kim Kardashian West and former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, who both lost around one million followers.

Twitter said Wednesday it would begin removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally.

Meanwhile Britney Spears (14th in terms of followers) did lose more than 2 million, and Twitter's own corporate Twitter account (16th) lost more than 7 million.

Having a strong follower base on Twitter is a thing of pride for many, but it serves a greater goal to celebs and social media influencers, who can negotiate deals with advertisers by boasting their impressive follower count.

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.

Compared to what some media outlets are reporting other major global political figures lost, Canadian politicians fared relatively well, with most of the top-followed accounts losing between 3,000 and 1,000 followers. Rahul Gandhi followership tanked after microblogging site Twitter removed around 70 million fake accounts. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

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Asked about the decrease in followers, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said there had been a 0.3% to 0.4% decline in the total number of followers of Mr. Modi's account.

The pop singer, along with Justin Bieber and former President Barack Obama, led a long list of celebrities, politicians, social media stars and news organizations who saw their followers drop as a result of Twitter's purge of suspicious accounts.

Social media giant says it will start shutting down suspicious accounts it has locked.

The locked accounts are different from spam or bots and in most cases, these accounts were created by real people.

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.

"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.