By the numbers: Big names lose massive numbers of followers in Twitter purge
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The details: Twitter removed these accounts in an effort to instill confidence and authenticity to its platform, per a blog post from Vijaya Gadde of Twitter. Accounts that were removed were locked as a result of sudden changes detected in account behavior. Most people saw a follower change of about four users, the post said, but some bigger names lost millions of followers.
- President Trump lost 204,000 followers out of 53.3 million.
- Former President Obama lost 2.4 million followers, which amounted to just 2% of his followers, per the Daily Beast.
- Obama remains the third most followed person on the platform behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
- Katy Perry, the most followed person on Twitter, lost 3 million followers but still has 107 million.
- Justin Bieber trails Perry but lost 2.7 million followers.
- LeBron James lost 880,000 followers.
- Bill gates lost 900,000 followers.
- Oprah Winfrey lost 1.4 million followers.
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost 230,000 followers.