Conservative Twitter accounts got boost in followers after Musk acquisition, data shows

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It’s not your imagination: follower counts on Twitter really have been shifting wildly in response to news that Elon Musk had finalized a deal to acquire the platform.

Data compiled by The Verge from social media statistics site Social Blade shows that in the two days since the deal was completed, influential conservative accounts have increased their follower counts at roughly ten times the average daily rate for the month leading up to the acquisition.

Meanwhile, popular liberal accounts have suffered, collectively losing hundreds of thousands of followers on April 25th and 26th after a month of gains.

The shifts are unlikely to be the result of changes within Twitter’s management of the platform, as the deal will not close for months…

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Author: Corin Faife