Now that Twitter has completed their purge that deleted fake users from the platform, we as common folk can see just how many followers some of our favorite celebrities have bought.
Two of the people in the sports world who lost an incredible number of followers were former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis and former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.
Twitter completed its fake account purge today. One person who reportedly bought fake followers was Ray Lewis, who lost about half his followers pic.twitter.com/z8BNzECthv— Austin Vitelli (@AustinVitelli) July 12, 2018
Another was former ESPN employee Britt McHenry, who lost about 140,000 followers pic.twitter.com/GORSzkcD0r— Austin Vitelli (@AustinVitelli) July 12, 2018
Ray Lewis was a former middle linebacker who played 17 seasons with the Ravens. During his time with the team, he won two Super Bowls and was the Super Bowl MVP in 2000. He also made 13 Pro Bowl appearances and was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. He was a member of the 2018 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Prior to the purge, Lewis flaunted 712,200 followers on Twitter. After his fake followers were deleted, that number was almost cut in half. As of this writing, Lewis has 364,700 followers, which is just 51.2 percent of what he originally had.
Britt McHenry lost nearly 150k followers from Twitter deleting fake followers. I don’t even need to eat dinner tonight. That news is all I needed to feel satisfied for the evening.— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) July 13, 2018
McHenry was a controversial reporter for ESPN, but she was released as a part of the infamous 100 employee lay-off of 2017. Since then, she has been seen contributing to Fox News as well as doing local segments on WTTG Fox 5 channel in Washington, DC.
After the cleansing of fake followers, McHenry's follower count dropped from 362,800 to 223,300, a 38.5 percent decrease in followers.