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Conservatives on Twitter see massive uptick - algorithm evidence burning?


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Conservatives on Twitter see massive uptick - algorithm evidence burning?
Meanwhile, leading left-wing figures including Barack Obama as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have seen huge slumps since news of Musk's purchase.

Donald Trump Jr, who has 7.7 million followers, saw his followers surge by 87,296 on Tuesday and suggested the increase was due to an algorithm tweak targeting prominent conservative voices ahead of Musk's arrival.

He tweeted: '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 management comes in.'

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.
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