It was reported by ConservativeBrief that something appears to have changed at Twitter since it was announced that the company has accepted the bid of Elon Musk to become the new owner.
Donald Trump Jr. and other prominent conservatives, including this writer, have seen dramatic increases in their Twitter follower count.
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At the same time Democrats like former President Obama as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have seen their follower count slumping, The Daily Mail reported.
“While I’m awesome and totally deserving of 87,000 new followers a day it seems that someone took the shackles off my account. Wonder if they’re burning the evidence before new mgmt comes in?” he said with a chart showing his follower count growth.
Don Jr’s account had grown by between 5,000 and 10,000 tweets a day in recent weeks, with the spike in the wake of Musk’s announcement immediately obvious.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also saw a huge 141,566 people on Tuesday, according to SocialBlade statistics. That is a vast increase on the 5,000-or-so followers the popular GOP governor generally gains in the average day.
He praised Musk’s bid for Twitter, calling it ‘a good deal for shareholders’ and saying it ‘raises the prospect that the platform will be a place where free speech can thrive, not a tool for narrative enforcement.’
Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch, who’s long complained of account suppression, saw her followers surge by about 9,000 on Tuesday.
By comparison, she was gaining a few hundred new followers a day prior to Musk’s acquisition.
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“Noticing an increase in followers and engagement after losing huge chunks (or static follower count for weeks on end) for the past few years. Also seeing tweets from people I whose accounts I never see and am not having to refollow other conservatives repeatedly,” Dana Loesch said.
“It’s too soon for Musk to have done this but I’m wondering if something was changed by those seeking to minimize their fingerprint ahead of potential transparency,” she said.
The New York Post went on to report that Musk has already said he’s looking to make Twitter’s publicly available online in order to address concerns of some users who claim certain tweets are unfairly promoted or demoted.
“Seems Shadow Banning is yet another ‘right-wing conspiracy theory’ that was 100% true,” Trump said.
Trump was far from alone, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — eyed as a potential future Republican presidential candidate — getting more than 205,000 followers in the last two days, according to Social Blade analytics.
Fox News favorite Tucker Carlson — who celebrated the lifting of his Twitter ban Monday with a simple “We’re back” — gained more than 141,000 after a run of mostly losing followers.
“It really is something how conservative accounts are getting massive follower increases today….” tweeted Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who saw more than 61,000 new followers since Musk’s takeover, after averaging about 1,900 per day.