2021-01-09 20:57:53 UTC
By Peter Aitken
Published 2 hours ago
A number of conservative and celebrity Twitter accounts reported losing
thousands of followers after the platform permanently suspended
President Trump Friday night.
"Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth on Saturday described it as
"something of a purge" that might have taken place, as thousands of
users disappeared from the platform. Hegseth also suggested that the
move might have come after the Georgia Senate runoff results earlier
this week, not just after Trump's account was permanenty suspended.
The exact reason for the shift in users is not known, but it could be
that users have voluntarily left the platform along with the president.
Fox News reached out to Twitter for comment on the drop in users and
was referred to their support page. A follow-up request was not yet
More conservative celebrity users, such as actor James Woods, noticed a
big drop in followers almost immediately.
"Twitter, the 'public forum' for free speech, has deleted 15,000
followers from my account in the last few hours," Woods claimed, saying
the platform no longer served its original purpose.
He later said Twitter removed 137,000 followers in two days.
Fox Business host Charles Payne tweeted it was "a heck of haircut of
followers," with Podcaster Dave Rubin claiming to have lost 7,000
followers over two days.
Overnight, "Goodbye Twitter" trended for a number of hours, peaking
early Saturday with more than 86,000 tweets -- all related to users
announcing or discussing a move to competing social media platform