Discrepancy spotted by supporter – but spread of and support for Corbyn tweet relentless
A tweet by Jeremy Corbyn challenging Richard Branson to give back money his company took from the NHS in a lawsuit has gone ultra-viral, reaching millions of people with approaching 30,000 retweets and over 125,000 ‘likes’.
Corbyn responded to a comment by Branson that ‘stuff’ ‘really does not bring happiness’ and satisfaction ‘comes from making a positive difference’. His reply asked Branson to return money – an estimated £2 million – obtained when one of Branson’s companies sued the NHS for not awarding it a contract.
The tweet spread rapidly, to a hugely-positive reaction, but sharp-eyed supporters spotted a strange phenomenon during its rise – a sudden disappearance of around 30,000 ‘likes’:
This was viewed as an attempt to reduce the appearance of its popularity:
If so, it was a singularly unsuccessful attempt, as the likes and shares subsequently rocketed to far beyond the pre-‘removal’ levels.
Twitter has been contacted for comment.
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