Celebrities on Twitter have suffered a cull in millions of their followers after the social media giant performed a purge on dormant and locked accounts this week.
Twitter announced yesterday that they would be purging millions of accounts today.
Twitter, in a blog, stated that it would suspend private accounts in a bid to curb fake news by limiting fake users: "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate".
Don't be surprised if you see your follower count drop on Twitter.
Starting Thursday, Twitter has been locking fictitious accounts for bulk tweeting, posting large number of unsolicited replies, or sharing links with misleading information. "In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts, and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in".
As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost almost 3,00,000 followers while Congress president Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers.
The drop in the follower count, however, has nothing to do with popularity of the Modi government.
The average user was told to expect a drop of about four followers or fewer, while the more followed account holders were warned it could be a lot higher.
Barack Obama went from 103 million followers to 101 million. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation".
Early reports had the president losing just around 100,000 followers in his count on Twitter, but the Hollywood Reporter states that the number has continued to grow.
Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.