Banning Trump Didn’t Change How Much People Use Twitter, New Data Shows

Banning Trump Didn't Change How Much People Use Twitter, New Data Shows

Contrary apptopia twitterkantrowitz bigtechnologyto Banning Trump what is commonly believed, Trump’s presence on Twitter had no effect on how much people utilised it. Contrary what is commonly believed, Trump’s presence on Twitter had no effect on how much people utilised it. There was a persistent misperception that Twitter’s future was connected to Donald Trump’s for the duration of his presidency. Twitter was obligated to have him there because it would lose a tonne of users and engagement if he weren’t there. The data, however, suggests that Trump had no appreciable influence on how many people used Twitter after it banned him.

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According to fresh information from mobile research firm Apptopia, daily use of Twitter has remained astonishingly constant since it banned Trump last month. Throughout the month of January, Twitter’s app usage hardly changed at all. When examining the trend line, it is impossible to identify the actual day of the restriction.

According to Adam Blacker, vice president of insights and international partnerships at Apptopia, “it is difficult for one person to have a noticeable impact on such big social network apps.” The numbers show cultural events much more clearly than any one person’s situation.

The new information, which was initially reported here, can finally dispel the myth that Trump was kept on Twitter in order to increase interaction and generate revenue from advertisements. Twitter kept Trump’s account active out of moral obligation despite his repeated violations of its policies.

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One former Twitter executive told me, “Twitter felt an incredible obligation to facilitate and stimulate public conversations.” They “struggled with that accusation, the capacity to facilitate those dialogues, and what Trump had done to turn the conversations — and even the platform — nasty.”

Beyond the ideological opposition to removing Trump, Twitter’s true risk in doing so was that it might make other international leaders fear that they might be the next in line. The former CEO claimed that he had a serious fear that these politicians may ban Twitter or punish employees in their nations. (Actually, India has started jailing Twitter staff members for allowing journalists to criticize the country’s administration.) This was more concerning for Twitter than a projected decline in usage that was never going to happen.

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Twitter opted not to respond. It didn’t, however, contest the facts. To draw its conclusions, Apptopia uses information from 125,000 iOS and Android apps as well as publicly accessible sources. The downloads, sessions, or time spent on Twitter did not significantly change, according to the data, after the prohibition.

Under Trump, Twitter’s company did experience four successful years. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey narrowly escaped an activist investor’s attempt to have him removed, but the stock price of the business soared while Trump was president. However, Twitter’s success was primarily a result of it rediscovering its focus under Dorsey, who had it concentrate on news as Facebook retreated.

According to Darren Lachtman, a former Twitter global director of brand strategy, with @realDonaldTrump no longer active, Twitter may even see an increase in traffic. He explained to me, “Twitter is and has always been a consistent element of mainstream culture, and one user — no matter who he is — vanishing plainly didn’t make a major effect.” If anything, the marketers who were turned off by the toxicity of the previous several years would benefit from this.