NEW DELHI: As Twitter is gearing up to make the platform more authentic by removing suspicious accounts from users’ followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lost 284,746 followers on the platform —the highest for any Indian politician, on Friday.
PM Modi’s total follower base dwindled from 43.4 million to 43.1 million on Friday, as revealed by SocialBlade.com — a website that tracks the number of Twitter followers on a daily basis. The Friday drop in his followers’ counts is said to be just the beginning and it is expected that he along with other prominent Twitterati will lose more followers in the coming days.
Second in the list for losing maximum followers on Friday for a politician was Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. The Thiruvananthapuram MP lost over 1.5 lakh followers, which brought his total followers’ base to 6.58 million on Friday from 6.73 million on Thursday.
Next in the line is Arvind Kejriwal. The Chief Minister of Delhi saw a dip of 91,555 in his follower count on Friday as against Thursday. Follower count of other prominent leaders on the platform such as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance minister Arun Jaitley, Textile minister Smiriti Irani also saw a cut on Friday.
Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress President saw a drop of just over 17,000 followers on Twitter, least for any prominent leader that uses the micro-blogging site to connect with people.
Among global leaders, former US President Barack Obama lost over 2.3 million followers on Friday, taking his followers tally from 104 million to 101 million. Socialblade data further revealed that the nine of the most followed accounts—Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ellen Degeneres, Christiano Ronaldo and YouTube — all saw drops of more than 2 million followers each. Twitter’s own official handle too lost a whopping 7.7 million followers because of its on-going exercise.
Among Indian celebrities, Hindi film megastar Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter follower count dropped by over 4,24,000, while Shah Rukh Khan's followers depleted by 362,141 and Salman Khan lost 340,884 followers. Similarly, Dangal star Aamir Khan lost 316,900-plus followers, while Priyanka Chopra lost 354,830 followers and Deepika Padukone lost 288,298 respectively. As for sportsmen, Sachin Tendulkar lost almost 2.5 lakh followers, while Virat Kohli’s 1.3 lakh followers were wiped out.
The fall in followers’ count of Twitter users is expected to continue for some more days as the company on Wednesday announced that it would no longer include "locked" accounts in follower numbers to boost user’s trust.