Several prominent liberals complained Monday night that they lost Twitter followers in the hours after it was announced that tycoon Elon Musk would buy the social media service.
Neera Tanden, a failed Biden administration candidate and high-profile supporter of Hillary Clinton, started the ball rolled by saying she “had just lost 2000 followers. Are there others losing followers?”
Weapons control activist David Hogg quickly replied according.
“Oh, I thought it was just some really bad footage I posted, but I’m probably not alone -3000 today,” he wrote.
“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill quoted the retweet from Tanden’s query, saying things felt “weird”.
“I’ve just lost more than 8,000 followers in the last few hours. Was that something I said?” Sir. Hamill asked.
All three Twitter accounts are extremely popular and have so many followers that they lose and win a large number routinely. Monday night, according to their queries, Mrs. Tanden’s account had nearly 394,000 followers, Mr. Hogg had more than 1.1 million, and Mr. Hamill had 5 million.
None of the three blamed Mr Musk or cited the purchase, but a prominent liberal did.
“I’m down about the same (relatively) – around 1800. Can’t see if it’s dead bots or people who’re afraid Elon will find out they’re following me.” said former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.
Conservatives routinely complain that Twitter “shadows” their accounts, cleanses their followers, and censors their content under the pretext of “hate speech” and “harassment.”
In addition, several liberal reports have reacted to the Musk acquisition and / or simply the prospect that he would do so, saying they would leave the platform, although conservatives mostly laughed at such threats, which are equivalent to liberals moving to Canada if Donald Trump or George W. Bush won the presidential election.