Trump, Katy Perry among Twitter users hit hardest by follower purge

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Popular Twitter users who have branded themselves as influencers have lost countless followers in the wake of the new regulations to curb fake accounts.

Well, Hamza Ali Abbasi, the most active and sometimes, no actually most of the times, a controversial social media figure lost 7.5k followers and now has 1.59 M followers.

Singer Katy Perry, who has the most-followed account on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 per cent to 108.1 million followers. Someone's follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence.

It also pointed out that the US State Department is the only US governmental department which does not follow the personal account of @realDonaldTrump.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime minister Stephen Harper, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's follower accounts have all lost thousands of Twitter followers, as the social media giant moves to purge fake accounts.

Former President Barack Obama lost quite a bit of Twitter followers this week following a Twitter purge.

Singers Katy Perry and Justin Bieber each lost almost 3 million followers.

The most notable changes in follower counts will be visible in the "next few days", it said but added that follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of its ongoing work to "proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts". "As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down", it said, explaining that "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop", the public network warned".

Twitter began deleting accounts Wednesday.

Trump's account on Wednesday showed him with 53.4 million followers.

You should be confident that the follower numbers presented across Twitter are meaningful and accurate. With this announcement though, many were curious to see how many Twitter users certain celebrities would drop by.

Twitter is removing inactive accounts that may have been taken over by spammers and bots.

US President Donald Trump, an avid Twitter user known for his Twitter outbursts and exchanges, saw his follower count drop by roughly 400,000 people. They also remark that papers that are tweeted about more often correlate with a higher number of citations.

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