Modi loses nearly 3 lakh Twitter followers, Rahul Gandhi 17,000

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 13, 2018 17:12 hrs
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New Delhi: As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost nearly 300000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17000 followers.

The number of Modi's followers went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million.

According to that tracks the number of Twitter followers on a daily basis, Modi's personal Twitter handle (@narendramodi) lost 284746 followers.

The official handle (@PMOIndia) lost 140635 followers.

Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) has lost 17503 followers while Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lost 151509 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 74132 followers.

While BJP President Amit Shah was left poorer by 33363 followers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 91555 followers.

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has lost 21878 followers, showed.

US President Donald Trump lost about 100000 of his 53.4 million followers and former President Barack Obama lost about 400000 from his 104 million.

"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.

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