Obama, for example, gained almost 2000 followers in the overnight hours, which roughly fits the range of followers he gained in previous weeks during the same Thursday-to-Friday overnight interval.
Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined. The list reads like a who's who of U.S. pop culture, with people like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Oprah collectively losing millions of followers.
Coming back to the local scene, we have seen some significant drop in follower counts in some accounts.
By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports. Others are unwittingly followed by accounts that have gone dormant.
'@MisterseunPR' said, "Just lost over a thousand followers". CFO Ned Segal said in a tweet that "most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted". Twitter said that most users will see a drop of "four followers or fewer".
In the global scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday.
BCW's own review of 951 Twitter accounts showed that 125 of them, or 13 percent, were now dormant, 33 inactive and nine protected.
Former US president Barack Obama and celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift were among those who lost large swaths of Twitter followers in the social-media site's crackdown on fake users and bots suspected to be linked to up to 10 million accounts.
"Followercounts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", Gadde said.
Apparently, a lot of those accounts followed the CEO of Twitter.
Jemo Munuhe, who lost threem, said: "Fake it till you make it on these Twitter streets".
As on Friday evening, Mr. Modi's personal account, @narendramodi, had 4.31 crore followers, down from 4.33 crore on Thursday. Of course, those with higher numbers to start with would end up seeing a greater loss as the decrease would be more obvious.
Twitter announced it was cracking down on locked accounts to "improve the health" of conversation on the platform.