Twitter Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits  

Mick Jacobs
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In 2018 Twitter began an aggressive campaign to remove what they considered fake accounts from the platform, resulting in dozens of celebrities losing millions of their Twitter followers. Public figures with fake followers are nothing new, but the recent #TwitterPurge marks an aggressive move by companies to combat bots and troll accounts. According to Twitter analytics, most users can expect to lose an average of four followers, a far cry from the hits many of the most-followed accounts took. Many of the most-followed Twitter accounts below typically lost 1 to 2 million followers, though many lost far more (or, for the lucky ones, far less) than that. Some only lost a couple thousand, but the drop accounted for nearly three-fourths of their following.

The effectiveness of such a campaign remains to be seen, with critics saying the procedure fails to accomplish much, and that it might inadvertently ban actual users. If you suddenly see your Twitter take a tumble in the followers department, you might need to rethink who you appeal to. Are you for the people, or for the bots?

Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Twitter's most-followed user took what sounds like a massive hit: 3 million followers lost. Rounding up, this accounts for about 3% of her total following.

Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The second most-followed user on Twitter lost 3 million followers.

Twitter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The @Twitter account suffered the hardest, losing over 7 million followers.

Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The former US president lost over 2 million followers.

Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The world's most-famous soccer player took a 2-million-follower hit.

Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The talk show host lost just over 2 million followers.

Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Ms. Fenty Beauty herself lost 2 million followers.

Kim Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The reality star lost just over 1.7 million followers.

Jack Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The Twitter founder reportedly lost 200K followers, as reported by himself.

Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The president lost over 300K followers.

Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Smaller than yesterday - Brit's follower count dropped by just over 2 million.

Adele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Your and your grandma's favorite singer, also Britain's most-followed woman, lost just under 1 million followers - 928,000, to be exact.

Pink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Eminem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The real Slim Shady lost a lot of fake followers, his count dropping by over 1 million.

Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

Yeezy only lost about 900K, but someone started a false rumor earlier in 2018 about him losing nearly 9 million.

Kathy Ireland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Twitter Purged Millions Of Fake Accounts, And These Public Figures Took Some Hits

The famous model only lost just over 900K followers, but she lost over 75% of her following as a result.