President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday. 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.
The social media platform is removing locked accounts from follower counts to increase credibility. Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge. Deputy President William Ruto lost 7,211. ODM leader Raila Odinga, however, gained followers, from 1,923,245 on July 12 to 1,923,428.
Controversial bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Christian Dela have each seen their numbers whittle down by half overnight. Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.
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