Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber & More Artists See Follower Counts Dip by 3% After Twitter Purge

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In a move to create more transparency and improve credibility of users' follower counts, Twitter purged fake users and “locked” accounts on Thursday (July 12). This action has impacted the verified accounts of musicians who were the most followed across all of the sites’ accounts.

Of the top 50 most followed accounts on Twitter, as of Wednesday, nearly half are made up by musicians, with Katy Perry securing the No. 1 spot with 110 million followers. But she’s now lost 3 million followers on her official account -- but remains the most-followed user on Twitter -- and other trending artists on the social media site are experiencing a drop in numbers too.

Below, find the most-followed musicians in order of the percentage of followers they lost in the purge:

Britney Spears

Went from 58.3M followers on Wednesday to 56.2M followers on Thursday, losing 2.1M followers, or 3.6 percent.

P!nk

Went from 33.1M followers on Wednesday to 31.9M followers on Thursday, losing 1.2M followers, or 3.6 percent.

Lady Gaga

Went from 79M followers on Wednesday to 76.4M followers on Thursday, losing 2.6M followers, or 3.3 percent.

Lil Wayne

Went from 34.5M followers on Wednesday to 33.4M followers on Thursday, losing 1.1M followers, or 3.2 percent.

Justin Bieber

Went from 107M followers on Wednesday to 104M followers on Thursday, losing 3M followers, or 2.8 percent.

Katy Perry

Went from 110M followers on Wednesday to 107M followers on Thursday, losing 3M followers, or 2.7 percent.

Drake

Went from 37.6M followers on Wednesday to 36.6M followers on Thursday, losing 1M followers, or 2.7 percent.

Jennifer Lopez

Went from 45.2M followers on Wednesday to 44M followers on Thursday, losing 1.2M followers, or 2.7 percent.

Justin Timberlake

Went from 66.1M followers on Wednesday to 64.4M followers on Thursday, losing 1.7M followers, or 2.6 percent.

Wiz Khalifa

Went from 34.1M followers on Wednesday to 33.2M followers on Thursday, losing 900,000 followers, or 2.6 percent.

Shakira

Went from 52.1M followers on Wednesday to 50.8M followers on Thursday, losing 1.3M followers, or 2.5 percent.

One Direction

Went from 31.5M followers on Wednesday to 30.7M followers on Thursday, losing 800,000 followers, or 2.5 percent.

Harry Styles

Went from 32.9M followers on Wednesday to 32.1M followers on Thursday, losing 800,000 followers, or 2.4 percent.

Louis Tomlinson

Went from 33.7M followers on Wednesday to 32.9M followers on Thursday, losing 800,000 followers, or 2.4 percent.

Selena Gomez

Went from 57.1M followers on Wednesday to 55.8M followers on Thursday, losing 1.3M followers, or 2.3 percent.

Taylor Swift

Went from 85.6M followers on Wednesday to 83.7M followers on Thursday, losing 1.9M followers, or 2.2 percent.

Miley Cyrus

Went from 41.3M followers on Wednesday to 40.4M followers on Thursday, losing 900,000 followers, or 2.2 percent.

Bruno Mars

Went from 42.9M followers on Wednesday to 42M followers on Thursday, losing 900,000 followers, or 2.1 percent.

Alicia Keys

Went from 31M followers on Wednesday to 30.4M followers on Thursday, losing 600,000 followers, or 1.9 percent.

Demi Lovato

Went from 57.3M followers on Wednesday to 56.3M followers on Thursday, losing 1M followers, or 1.7 percent.

Niall Horan

Went from 40.2M followers on Wednesday to 39.5M followers on Thursday, losing 700,000 followers, or 1.7 percent.

Ariana Grande

Went from 57.7M followers on Wednesday to 56.8M followers on Thursday, losing 900,000 followers, or 1.6 percent.

Rihanna

Went from 89M followers on Wednesday to 88.1M followers on Thursday, losing 900,000 followers, or 1 percent.

Liam Payne

Went from 33.1M followers on Wednesday to 32.8M followers on Thursday, losing 300,000 followers, or 0.9 percent.