Following the acquisition of Twitter by free-speech advocate and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, the restoration of several prominent suspended accounts and changes to the platform’s biased moderation practices yielded interesting results. Conservatives find their follower counts growing by leaps and bounds and leftists are watching their numbers dwindle.
According to the findings prominent Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Rep. Adam Schiff, of California; and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont each lost approximately 100,000 followers while GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Jim Jordan of Ohio each gained over 300,000.
Since taking control of the platform and announcing the new direction he has for the company, Musk noted that new user signups are at an “all-time high.”
According to Newsmax, sign-ups averaged over 2 million per day from Nov. 9-16, an increase of 66% compared to the same week in 2021, citing a Tweet from Musk on Saturday.
I think I see a path to Twitter exceeding a billion monthly users in 12 to 18 months
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2022
Despite reports of declining ad revenue, Musk suggested that he sees a path to Twitter exceeding a billion monthly users in the next year and a half.
As reported in Forbes, Musk has described moving forward with turning Twitter into an “everything app” with a vision of expanded video-sharing, encrypted messaging, long-form tweeting and even payments.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 28, 2022
Democrats such as far-left podcast host Michelangelo Signorile were less amused though. Signorile opined in a Tweet, “As many of have us have lost thousands of followers, right-wing Republicans have gained. It’s definitely becoming Parler. High-profile Republicans gain followers in first weeks of Musk’s reign”
Perhaps soon we’ll see a return to the Twitter scene of 2016, the very same online environment that helped catapult former President Donald Trump to the White House.