Shadow banning stinks. Don’t you think Twitter?
With all the talk about Twitter shadow banning conservative commentators, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty wondered whether the social network also had the gall to go after conservative politicians. So he looked at the number of retweets and likes Senator Ted Cruz’s tweets receive on average and compared them to California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris.
Harris has only half of Cruz’s followers: 1.5 million versus 3.2 million. As such, you’d expect Cruz to be retweeted more often by his followers. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. But that’s not even the most shocking part. Look at the difference; it’s gigantic.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has more than 3.2 million followers. You would figure that almost every tweet he wrote would get a significant reaction. And yet, as you scroll through his feed, you find most tweets he writes have, collectively, a few hundred retweets and likes at most. Just in the last few days: 259 retweets, 90 retweets, 62 retweets. Cruz’s most retweeted item in the past few days appears to have been retweeted 416 times.
California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris has 1.5 million followers, roughly half that of Cruz. But almost all of her tweets are shared at a rate three to four times, sometimes as much as forty times, as much as Cruz’s. Her most recent tweets have been retweeted 1,800 times, 1,300 times, 981 times, and 4,000 times.