Twitter’s purge after the capital riots left 75 percent of Senate Republicans with fewer followers, losing several thousands, as reviewed by The Post show.
Meanwhile, many of the Senate’s most powerful Democrats, having gained thousands of followers since January 6, reveal data from the tracking website Social Blade.
On the Democratic side, several big winners were major stars of the 2020 presidential race: Sen. of Minnesota. Amy Klobuchar had over 70,000 followers of the month; Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had over 80,000; Bernie Sanders took over 350,000, while Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris led with a 1.3 million gain.
Twitter has recently been refusing to officially transfer more than 33 million followers of the @POTUS account with President-Elect Joe Biden when he assumes office. The company moved 13 million @PUSUS followers from Obama to Trump in 2017. Biden was forced to start from zero with @PresElectBiden which will return to the new @PUSUS account on 20 January. This account has 850,000 followers.
A review of all 100 Senate accounts showed that only two Democrats, Diane Feinstein of California and Kirsten Sinima of Arizona, lost followers in the last 30 days.
Among Republicans, some of the biggest losers were Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was away from 45,000; Chuck Grassley of Iowa, down more than 50,000; Marco Rubio of Florida, down from 78,000; And South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who led the loss with a decline of more than 112,000 followers.
However, an undisclosed number of right-leaning accounts skyrocketed after President Trump’s permanent suspension from the platform, with Twitter confirming that it is taking aggressive measures to remove undesirable accounts.
On Monday, the company revealed that they had iconized more than 70,000 accounts to share content linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory. Many devotees of the idea played an active role in the deadly Capitol riot.
Twitter defenders have long stressed between Democrats and Republicans that as a private company it is right to decide who can and cannot be on the platform, but others disagree.
NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller told The Post, “Right now we are going through a really dangerous phase, with free speech subject to attack on the board.” “Since 6 January, it has mainly affected people on the right.”
Miller, who currently sued his colleagues, says he blamed them for raising questions about wearing a face mask, QAnon was largely “under the pretext of censorship”.
“What we’re seeing is the transformation of the Western Internet by corporations and the state, a platform similar to China’s Internet,” Miller said. “In China it is just a given. When you are online you are under surveillance and can be punished for dissatisfied expression.”
Twitter declined to comment.