Twitter purge decimates GOP senators after Capitol riot, but Democrats gain

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Jan 26, 2021, 7:37:59 PMJan 26

The Twitter purge after the Capitol riots left 75 percent of Senate
Republicans with fewer followers, with several losing tens of thousands, a
review by The Post shows.

Many of the Senate’s most powerful Democrats, meanwhile, gained tens of
thousands of followers since Jan. 6, data from the tracking website Social
Blade reveals.

On the Democratic side, many of the big winners were the stars of the 2020
presidential primary: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was up more than 70,000
followers for the month; Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren was up more than
80,000; Bernie Sanders took in more than 350,000, while Vice President-
elect Kamala Harris led the way with a 1.3 million gain.

Twitter has lately also been sparring with President-elect Joe Biden over
its refusal to transfer over the more than 33 million followers of the
official @POTUS account to Biden when he takes office. The company did
move 13 million @POTUS followers from Obama to Trump in 2017. Biden was
forced to start from zero with @PresElectBiden which will revert to the
new @POTUS account on Jan. 20. The account has about 850,000 followers.

A review of all 100 Senate accounts showed that only two Democrats,
California’s Dianne Feinstein and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, lost followers
over the past 30 days.

Among Republicans, some of the biggest losers were Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, who was off 45,000; Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, down more than
50,000; Florida’s Marco Rubio, who was down 78,000; and South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who led the losers with a decline of more than

Though an unknown number of right-leaning accounts likely bolted in the
aftermath of President Trump’s permanent suspension from the platform,
Twitter confirmed it was taking aggressive measures to remove undesirable

On Monday the company revealed they had iced more than 70,000 accounts for
sharing content associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory. Many devotees
of the idea played an active role in the deadly Capitol riot.

Twitter’s defenders among Democrats and Republicans have long insisted
that as a private company it has the right to decide who can and cannot
have accounts on the platform, but others disagree.

“We’re living through a really dangerous period right now in which free
speech is under concerted attack across the board,” NYU professor Mark
Crispin Miller told The Post. “Since January 6th, it has primarily
affected people on the right.”

Miller, who is currently suing his colleagues after he says they libeled
him for raising questions about wearing face masks, said QAnon was largely
a “pretext for censorship.”

“What we’re witnessing is the transformation of the western internet by
corporations and the state into a forum much more like China’s internet,”
Miller said. “In China it’s just a given when you’re online you’re under
surveillance and can be punished for dissident expression.”

Twitter declined to comment.

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