Narendra Modi’s official Twitter account, @narendramodi witnessed a drop in followers after the social networking site announced a global crackdown on fake and automated accounts on 11 July.
PM Modi’s handle, which is the top most followed Twitter account in India, lost more than 2 Lakh followers within a span of 24 Hours.
On Thursday, 12 July, the follower count was observed to be around 43.4 Million. The number dropped to 43.1 Million on Friday, 13 July.
The Twitter handle of the office of the Prime Minister of India, @PMOIndia also lost around 1 Lakh followers in the last 24 hours.
‘Swachh Twitter Abhiyan’?
Twitter users were quick to notice the drop in PM Modi’s followers.
The #SwachhTwitter initiative is already showing results 👏👏@narendramodi's account is already down 300,000 bots 👍👍
But what is worrisome is that @SrBachchan will now have a meltdown 😬😬 pic.twitter.com/dKZ8YpokT6
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) July 13, 2018
Modi down nearly 200k followers after the Twitter purge. The highest among all politicians? And just ahead of Piers Morgan lol. https://t.co/eNjVWODtd0
— Anuj Srivas (@AnujSrivas) July 13, 2018
Modi has decreased by 0.3 Million in 3 days!
It was 43.3M 3 days back and is 43 M today !
were these 3 lakhs followers #Fake
— Vimal Lakhotia (@vimallakhotia) July 13, 2018
Why the Drop in Twitter Followers?
It its statement, Twitter said that over the years it has locked accounts after detecting sudden changes in account behaviour.
It further said that it will begin removing these locked accounts from the follower numbers, in a bid to offer a “meaningful and accurate” view of users’ follower count.>