President Kenyatta remains the most followed African leader on Twitter despite losing thousands of followers in recent purge

The Kenyan president recently lost 16,000 followers after Twitter cleansed its platform of some fake accounts and bots.

The report titled 'Twiplomacy Study 2018' saw Mr Kenyatta retain the position despite being a casualty of the recent Twitter purge where he lost 16,071 of his followers. Twitter recently announced it was closing down fake accounts on and bots on its website.

President Kenyatta is ahead of Rwanda’s Paul Kagame (1.8 million) and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (1.4 million) who sit in second and third positions respectively.

"Eighty-three percent of African leaders are on Twitter but they are currently not that well connected, either among themselves or with other world leaders," Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) says in its report.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump is the most followed world leader despite taking a hit on his account as well.

Pope Francis

His @realDonaldTrump account lost around 320,000 followers, dipping from 53.4 million to 53.1 million.

The official presidential account, @POTUS, however saw a lesser drop of about 60,000 followers.

Trump became the most followed world leader in October 2017 when he passed Pope Francis who is the second most followed world leader with more than 47 million followers on his nine language accounts.

Indian Prime Minister @NarendraModi takes the third and fourth spots, with 42 million followers on his personal account and 26 million followers on his institutional account, @PMOIndia.

As of May 18, 2018, the heads of state and government and foreign ministers of 187 countries had a presence on Twitter, representing 97 percent of all 193 UN member states.

Facebook is the second-most popular network among government leaders followed closely by Instagram.

The BCW Twiplomacy study analyzes the activity of 951 Twitter accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers from May 19, 2017, to May 18, 2018,

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