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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,13TH JULY 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto are among Twitter account holders who have lost fans on their respective accounts in the last 24 hours.This is courtesya wave of “fake” accounts that has seen famous people across the world lose up to a million followers.
The social media platform is removing locked accounts from follower counts to increase credibility.
Kenyatta has his twittters account wih the highest number of followers standing at 3,234,935 followers as of Thursday July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge. Deputy President William Ruto lost 7,211.
However on the cont-rally ODM leader Raila Odinga, however gained followers, from 1,923,245 on July 12 to 1,923,428.
Controversial bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Christian Dela have each seen their numbers whittle down by half overnight.
a close look at Nyakundi’s account indicate that his 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.
Some of the losers are among so-called influencers who are paid huge amounts of money to post content on their pages.
‘@MisterseunPR’ said: “Just lost over a thousand followers. Twitter purge doing the most.”
Jemo Munuhe, who lost threem, said: “Fake it till you make it on these Twitter streets.”
‘@KinyanBoy’ reported losing 300 and noted that the numbers will decline for as long as the purge continues.
In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops.
“We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation.”
The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.
Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.
On the international front President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama lost huge numbers of followers.
Obama, who boasts the most Twitter followers of any former or current head of state, lost around 2.3 million followers from his @BarackObama handle — from 103.6 million Wednesday to 101.3 million Thursday.