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The possible reason behind a drop in your Twitter followers

The possible reason behind a drop in your Twitter followers

However, some of Twitter's biggest users, including Trump, saw huge drops in the numbers of their followers Thursday after the purge, Variety reported.

Twitter's primary account seems to have taken the greatest hit, dropping from 62.85 million to 55.35 million followers on Thursday - a drop of 12%. Still, the former president remains the third most-followed person on the platform behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

"Action on this starts today", Twitter's chief executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted, adding he lost 200,000 followers.

Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behaviour", Twitter spokeswoman Vijaya Gadde said.

While it can not be said for certain that the fluctuation in follower counts is attributable to the follower purge, CTVNews.ca's analysis of these accounts show there has been some considerable change among some of the country's most-followed politicians and political accounts.

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would no longer include "locked" accounts in follower numbers in an effort to boost user trust in the service.

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Users with locked accounts who have not reset their passwords in more than a month are not included in monthly active user (MAU) or daily active user (DAU) counts, according to news reports.

Don't be surprised if you see your follower count drop on Twitter.

Celebrities like Divya Dutta, Onir and Apurva Asrani reacted on losing followers overnight. Obama, for example, gained almost 2,000 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.

Twitter's top executive didn't slide by unscathed in the social-media site's crackdown on fake followers.

"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud".

For Twitter, anyone who tweets a large volume of unsolicited replies, unnecessarily tags a large number of people or tweets misleading links becomes a suspicious user.

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