Some of the biggest names on Twitter lost hundreds of thousands of followers on Thursday, but not because anyone clicked the unfollow button.
Twitter had announced on Wednesday that it would begin purging tens of millions accounts that have been flagged as suspicious and remain dormant — representing 6 percent of all users on the site, according to a Twitter spokesperson. On Thursday, follower counts, which are a gauge of how much influence a person has on Twitter, began dropping.
Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter, lost 2.8 million followers, bringing her follower count down to a mere 106.8 million. President Barack Obama lost around 2.3 million, bringing his following to 101.3 million. And President Donald Trump shed more than 300,000 followers, bringing his total to 53.1 million as of Thursday evening.
And plenty of other power users noticed, too.
Only lost 1,200 followers from twitter excluding protected accounts from follower count. Was expecting it to be way more.
Twitter just removed 15,000+ followers from my account presumably because they are "bots". Can I get a list of them or evidence of the criteria for their removal because I miss them already.#ByeByeBotsIHardlyKnewYe