The possible reason behind a drop in your Twitter followers

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Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav saw a drop of over 2,200 in his number of followers on the microblogging site.

By nearly half, Nyakundi lost 593,388 followers dropping from 1,228,942 to 695,554 while Xtian Dela lost 567,048 dipping from 1,228,942 to 695,554 followers.

USA celebrity Kim Kardashian lost 1.7 million followers, creating a slight dent to her close to 57 million followers. Someone's follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence.

Shares in Twitter seesawed this week after the Washington Post reported the social media company has deleted up to 70 million accounts since May for being fake, malicious or both.

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The shares sold off because of uncertainty, but getting rid of dormant accounts is a good thing for the service in the long run.

Twitter said most of these accounts "were created by real people" but that it locks accounts if it can not confirm that the original person who opened the account is still in charge. Some conservatives on Twitter argued that the purge was politically motivated.

Writer-editor Apurva Asrani tweeted: "I lost 500 followers overnight". Twitter users will also continue experiencing changes as part of removing the fake and suspicious accounts. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Twitter reiterated.

His Twitter account was not spared by the purge on "fake" accounts that has seen popular personalities globally lose even up to a million followers.

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Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

Twitter's advertising-centric business model depends on metrics that show user activity, and the deletion of so many accounts can negatively impact those numbers.

Recently, Twitter faced another problem in which many accounts were jeopardized and were at risk after the internal glitch occurred that was originated from the hashtag feature. He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day. As such, they don't count in Twitter's monthly user numbers.

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company.

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