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‘Swachh Twitter Abhiyan’? Modi loses 3 lakh followers, Rahul Gandhi 17,000

The followers of PM Modi’s handle, which is the top most followed Twitter account in India, went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million.

New Delhi: As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost nearly 300,000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers.

The followers of PM Modi’s handle, which is the top most followed Twitter account in India, went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million.

The Twitter handle of the office of the Prime Minister of India, @PMOIndia, also lost ost 140,635 followers in the last 24 hours, while Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 1,51,509 followers.

According to SocialBlade.com that tracks the number of Twitter followers on a daily basis, Modi’s personal Twitter handle (@narendramodi) lost 2,84,746 followers.

The micro-blogging platform was yet to come up with an official statement on this.

Twitter earlier this week announced it will remove locked accounts — which are disabled owing to suspicious activity — from follower counts across profiles globally.

The move is likely to affect high-profile users the most.

With this clean-up exercise, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) has lost 74,132 followers.

While BJP President Amit Shah was left poorer by 33,363 followers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 91,555 followers.

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has lost 21,878 followers, SocialBlade.com showed.

US President Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former President Barack Obama lost about 400,000 from his 104 million.

Twitter earlier this week announced it will remove locked accounts — which are disabled owing to suspicious activity — from follower counts across profiles globally.

“We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Head, said in a blog post earlier this week.

The locked accounts are different from spam or bots and in most cases, these accounts were created by real people.

Twitter users were quick to notice the drop in PM Modi’s followers.

(With inputs from IANS)

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