Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown.
Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on ‘locked’ accounts. US Singer Katy Perry, the most followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. Barack Obama went down 2.1 million. Twitter said it had taken the decision due to its ‘ongoing and global effort to build trust’.
The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower count s.
Trump lost 100,000 followers. Twitter’s own account on the platform lost 7.7 million followers.