Former President Barack Obama lost a large number of followers after Twitter purged millions of locked and inactive accounts from its database.
Obama’s account @BarackObama went from 103.6 million followers on Wednesday to 101.3 million on Thursday afternoon– a loss of roughly 2.3 million followers or 2.2 percent. By comparison, President Trump lost 320,000 of his 53.4 million followers or .06 percent from his @realDonaldTrump account and 60,000 followers from the official presidential account, @POTUS or just a little less than .03 percent of his now 23.5 million followers.
Twitter took the long-awaited action to rid the system of accounts “frozen” for abuse or suspected of being a bot in an effort to boost its credibility after largely ignoring calls to purge fake accounts that were swelling follower counts, particularly among celebrities and politicians.
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