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Concerns over Twiiter's takeover by Elon Musk

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Figures have seen massive leaps in Twitter followers since Elon Musk’s takeover with many questioning whether it reflected a sudden lifting of long-suspected shadowbans.

Donald Trump Jr. led the way in questioning the giant spike, which saw him gaining 87,296 new followers by Tuesday — and another 119,022 by early Wednesday, after weeks of averaging only a few thousand each day.

“While I’m awesome and totally deserving of 87,000 new followers a day it seems that someone took the shackles off my account,” former President Donald Trump’s son wrote Tuesday.

“Wonder if they’re burning the evidence before new mgmt comes in?” he asked of a conspiracy spread online that Twitter’s progressive staffers were removing shadow bans on accounts.

 “Seems Shadow Banning is yet another ‘right-wing conspiracy theory’ that was 100% true,” he said, according to the New York Post.

And he was not the only one. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, eyed as a potential future Republican presidential candidate, is getting more than 205,000 followers in the last few days, according to Social Blade analytics.

Fox News favorite Tucker Carlson, who celebrated the lifting of his Twitter ban Monday with a simple “We’re back”, gained more than 141,000, after a run of mostly losing followers.

“It really is something how conservative accounts are getting massive follower increases today….” tweeted Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who saw more than 61,000 new followers since Musk’s takeover.

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch also said she was “noticing an increase in followers and engagement after losing huge chunks … for the past few years.”

“It’s too soon for Musk to have done this but I’m wondering if something was changed by those seeking to minimize their fingerprint ahead of potential transparency,” she wrote.

Senator Josh Hawley sent a formal Senate letter urging Musk to investigate the shadowbanning as well as “who was responsible for deliberately suppressing the New York Post’s now-vindicated reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and business dealings.”

“Here’s an idea for ⁦@elonmusk. Open the books on who Twitter has shadow banned, who Twitter has suspended, who they’ve throttled, and who was responsible for the egregious censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop reporting. Make it all public,” he tweeted along with the letter.

Twitter dismissed the conspiracy, however, insisting to NBC News that the fluctuations were “organic.”