Twitter | Progressive accounts lose followers, conservatives gain

(San Francisco) Many more or less well-known personalities on Twitter have reported significant drops in subscribers on their profile in the wake of the announcement of the acquisition of the platform by the controversial Elon Musk, and not a priori no accident, according to the Californian company.

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“It’s strange to lose around 35,000 subscribers in one night,” wrote the account “Auschwitz Memorial” (1.3 million subscribers) on Tuesday, for example, which tweets photos of concentration camp victims with their stories every day.

” Strange. I just lost over 8000 subscribers in two hours. Did I say something wrong? ”, in turn, surprised Monday night Mark Hamill, actor who became famous for his role as Luke Skywalker war of stars.

Several figures on the American left, from Barack Obama to Bernie Sanders, have lost several thousand subscribers, while elected conservatives have accumulated as many.

Contacted by AFP, Twitter replied that these fluctuations appear to be mainly due to an increase in the number of profiles created or deactivated, rather than routine robot account removal operations.

On Monday, Twitter’s board of directors accepted Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover bid.

The announcement was greeted with excitement by fans of the quirky Tesla CEO, who espouses an absolute vision of freedom of expression, and with horror by supporters of rigorous content moderation, anti-disinformation and anti-speech.

Slogans like #LeaveTwitter have gone viral.

Former President Barack Obama, the most followed person on Twitter with more than 131 million subscribers, lost 300,000 following the news, according to American broadcaster NBC.

Trump Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, on the other hand, would have nearly 100,000 more in 24 hours. This controversy-elected official, whose personal profile has been blocked by the platform, has widely welcomed the takeover.

“It’s really quite special to see conservative accounts gaining large numbers of followers today,” Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz said Tuesday.

Elon Musk says he wants to restore trust in Twitter, which he believes is a global public space essential to democracy.

For Jack Dorsey, the platform’s founder, “Elon Musk’s goal of creating a platform that inspires maximum trust and is broadly inclusive is right.”

He thanked current CEO Parag Agrawal and the multi-billionaire on Monday “for getting the company out of an impossible situation. This is the right way. I mean it with all my heart.”

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