"As the change went into effect, Twitter's "@Twitter" account lost 12.4 percent of its followers compared with Wednesday, the steepest drop among the top 100 accounts by followers, according to Keyhole data.
Twitter's official account on the social network was not spared from the purge as it shed 7.5 million fake accounts to drop from 62.85 million to 55.35 million as at press time.
Former US presidentBarack Obama saw a significant drop of almost 400,000 of his 104 million followers.
Union minister Smriti Irani, who has, of late, been lying low on Twitter, lost close to 40,000 followers (8.19 million) while minister without portfolio Arun Jaitley was down by over 50,000 followers (13 million).
The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behaviour such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.
Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined.
Twitter's purge also impacted the chief executive of their own platform, Jack Dorsey, who said he lost 200,000 followers.
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Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform.
Twitter's purge of suspicious accounts Wednesday has resulted in the social media platform's most popular users taking big hits to their number of followers.
Nobody messes with Twitter, you see.
Coming back to the local scene, we have seen some significant drop in follower counts in some accounts.
Starting Thursday, Twitter has been locking fictitious accounts for bulk tweeting, posting large number of unsolicited replies, or sharing links with misleading information.
However, Vijaya Gadde, from Twitter's trust and safety team made it clear that most of these accounts still have real people behind them.