Did Kanye West Lose 10 MILLION Followers in 20 Minutes After Pro-Trump Tweets?
Updated: This story originally reported that West had lost nearly 10 million Twitter followers on Wednesday. Instead, he has actually gained followers.
On Wednesday, various users tweeted that rapper Kanye West lost nearly 10 million followers in 20 minutes after posting a picture with his personally autographed "Make America Great Again" hat. Various Twitter monitoring sites did not show such a loss, however.
According to Twitter monitoring site Twitholic, the 27 million number may have come from April 2017, before the rapper deleted his Twitter account. Since he rebooted the account earlier this month, West's follower numbers have ballooned from 5 million on April 17 to 18 million as of Wednesday.
Similarly, the website Twitter Counter reported a similar upward trajectory.
Unfortunately, since West did actually have 27 million followers in the past, and since he did not change his Twitter handle since deleting his account and rebooting it, his Twitter presence seems more vulnerable than most to this kind of fake news.
Philip Lewis, the Huffington Post writer who shared the screenshot, insisted that he did indeed take the screenshot earlier on Wednesday. It seems the fault did not lie with him, but with a Twitter glitch.
In reality, West began Wednesday with 18.3 million followers, and by 6 p.m. Eastern, that number had risen to 18.8 million. West's Trump support seems to have increased his following, not decreased it.
On Wednesday afternoon, West tweeted a picture of his "Make America Great Again" baseball cap, with President Donald Trump's personal signature.
Yesterday, the rapper tweeted a cryptic message, perhaps hinting at a possible presidential run in 2024.
Shortly after sharing the MAGA hat, West tweeted a picture of his face with the slogan "Keep America Great #Kanye2024."
Earlier on Wednesday, West tweeted that he and Trump are "dragon energy." "He is my brother," the rapper declared.