When the news broke that billionaire innovator Elon Musk bought Twitter, the reactions came in fast and fierce. Many liberals, triggered that a free-speech champion now owns this social network, deleted their accounts in disgust. Others made wild accusations about what Musk plans to do.
We know that Musk plans to make much-needed improvements to a stale social network that is falling behind all the rest. But, apparently, we don’t have to wait long to see his changes come through. Because after just one day of owning the company, users are seeing a big flip.
Left-wing Twitter accounts have been losing followers while conservative accounts gain followers in the wake of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s successful bid to buy the social media company…
Former President Barack Obama — the most popular account on the platform with more than 131 million followers — for example, lost 300,000 followers nearly overnight, according to a report by NBC…
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), by contrast, gained nearly 100,000 to her official congressional account in just 24 hours…
Musk’s purchase of Twitter comes after he has expressed concerns over the stifling of free speech being harmful to society, and stating that he wants to increase trust in Twitter, which he sees as a digital town square for people to engage in free speech and debate. [Source: Breitbart]
How interesting. The day after Musk buys Twitter, big liberal accounts saw a major drop in followers. While, at the same time, conservative users saw major increases in their followers.
Twitter claims this is simply organic. They want us to believe so many liberal followers ditched the service, while at the same time so many new people joined, that we are seeing this major swing.
But we know the real reason. Sure, we can expect that numerous users dropped Twitter over the news. And that many came back, eager to see Musk’s improvements. But for these new users to instantly find and follow conservative accounts suggests a change in the site’s algorithms.
New users are often recommended accounts to follow. For hundreds of thousands of users to start following Republican figures overnight? That means something changed in Twitter’s backend, allowing users (new and old) to find these accounts.
Many conservatives have claimed Twitter was “shadow banning” them for years because of their opinions. But a day after Musk buys the company, that seems to have ended.
Was it because the outgoing regime is frantically changing its policies before Musk can find out?
Looks that way.
Author: Mac Davis