Twitter said Wednesday it was purging the "locked" accounts in part to increase trust in and transparency about the service.
The majority of Twitter users will see a reduction of four followers or fewer, but those with larger follower counts will see a bigger drop, the company said. The accounts that Twitter was purging today were locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour" and if the owners didn't validate their accounts, they were henceforth purged.
If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account.
This is PM Modi's personal Twitter account, which is the third most followed Twitter handle globally after those of US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis. He's likely still going to keep tweeting out news and calling others out on their fake news reports, but the president and many others are going to be doing it to smaller audiences thanks to the Twitter purge.
BJP chief Amit Shah also saw a drop of about 30,000 followers (11.3 million) since the drive started.
The social site had warned that users with larger follower counts will experience a significant drop it moved to delete invalidated accounts.
Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.
What do you think of Twitter's attempt to ensure "meaningful and accurate" follower counts?
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.
According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation". We really don't know how is Big B going to react to his decreased number of followers considering he's already been on a rant threatening to quit Twitter if they don't stop reducing his follower count.