San Francisco, California, USA: ”I lost 200k followers” Twitter chief executive, Jack Dorsey, wrote today, Thursday. Minutes earlier, Jack Dorsey had written “Action on this starts today” referencing an earlier tweet:
“This week we’ll be removing locked Twitter accounts (locked when we detect suspicious changes in behavior) from follower counts across profiles globally. The number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down. #health”
Many celebrities, politicians and so called social media influencers found their Twitter followings knocked down a few digits on Thursday as the company slashed tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users’ followers.
The social media company itself was not spared. Twitter’s main account lost about 12 percent of its total followers (about 7.7 million) from Wednesday to Thursday. By Thursday evening The Twitter C.E.O., Jack Dorsey, loss had reportedly risen to about 230,000 followers though he self-reported a 200000 loss earlier.
Former President Barack Obama losing three million followers in about one day. (He started with many more, dropping from 104 million on Wednesday to 101 million on Thursday.)
President Trump lost about 340,000 followers in the Twitter purge, knocked down from 53.4 million on Wednesday to 53 million.
Kim Kardashian West lost about 3 percent of her Twitter following, dropping down to about 58.5 million as of Thursday evening.
Justin Bieber had been stripped of about three million followers so far, while Ariana Grande lost about 932,000.
Some celebrities saw more than just a meager cut. Kathy Ireland, the onetime swimsuit model who today presides over a half-billion-dollar licensing empire, lost a whopping 77 percent of her followers between Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Ashton Kutcher had 19.1 million followers on Wednesday. As Twitter began cutting fake accounts, that dropped to 18 million on Thursday evening, a loss of 1.1 million or nearly 6 percent.CreditAlberto E.
Actor Ashton Kutcher lost more than a million of his followers. On Wednesday afternoon, he had 19.1 million. By Thursday evening, that was down to 18 million, a drop of nearly 6 percent.
Oprah Winfrey had her following cut by about 1.4 million between Wednesday and Thursday evening. Ellen DeGeneres lost two million, leaving her at 76.1 million followers.
Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal also lost about a million, dropping from 15.3 million followers.
Rihanna lost more than two million, but she still has 86.8 million people watching her tweets.
Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, lost about one-third of his Twitter followers in one day. On Wednesday, Mr. Kagame, who has been Rwanda’s top leader for nearly two decades, had about 1.8 million followers. On Thursday evening, that number dropped to 1.2 million.
Queen Rania of Jordan lost about 300,000 followers, dropping from 10.9 million to 10.6 million in one day’s time. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, lost more than 200,000, leaving him with 13 million.
Even Pope Francis shed 100,000 from his digital flock. He has 17 million remaining.
And in the interest of full disclosure this publication, Nigeria Circle News, NCN, lost about 49000 followers.
The drop in Twitter followers came after the platform formally announced on Wednesday that it would begin the process of removing “locked accounts” from follower counts in an effort “to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter.”
Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects “sudden changes in account behavior,” which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.
When the work is done, Twitter reportedly expects it will have reduced the total follower count on the platform by about 6 percent, a substantial drop.