Donald Trump Just Lost 100,000 Twitter Followers
Recently, Twitter announced that it would be embarking on a huge follower cull, removing millions of inactive accounts as a means of 'building trust'.
While for most people that would mean losing a handful or so of followers, for the higher profiles it was clear that this would involve pretty significant drops.
A post on the Twitter blog explained: "Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior. In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in. This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.
"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation."
Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the planned Twitter cull was about to kick off:
And within 15 minutes, the Twitter account for Trump lost at least 100,000 followers, dropping from 53.4 million to 53.3m. Still a pretty hefty number, but yeah.
We'd imagine he's a little too busy to have noticed, though, given that he's just landed in the UK for the first time in his presidential guise.
For his four-day jollies, first up on the agenda was a meet and greet at the US Embassy, followed by a swish black-tie dinner with Theresa May at Blenheim Palace.
Then Trump was due to spend last night at the swanky Winfield House in Central London, which has been surrounded by concrete and metal fences and barricades for the occasion - not quite the bunting he was probably hoping for.
The Prime Minister will then accompany Trump to a military exercise (they'll watch, not join in), before they sit and have a proper talk about the relationship between the US and the UK.
He's also expected to have tea with the Queen on Friday, before he heads up to Scotland for the weekend.
He'll be welcomed by the Scottish secretary of state when he reaches Scotland, then he's expected to spend the weekend at his South Ayrshire Turnery golf resort before he heads back to the States on Sunday.
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