Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Gingrich v. Gawker

Newt Gingrich claims 1.3 million Twitter followers
Newt Gingrich claims 1.3 million Twitter followers

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has had a tough time in his presidential campaign -- staff resignations, embarrassing revelations of big bucks owed to Tiffany's. But one bright spot has been his apparent command of social media.

The Georgia Republican bragged about his 1.3 million followers on Twitter after POLITICO reported that his Twitter following exceeded those of all other contenders and possible contenders for the nomination, including Sarah Palin.

"It turned out I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined," he said in a recent interview.

Then the website Gawker published a story contending that the bulk of those followers were fake. Our colleagues at PolitiFact Georgia did their own reporting and found many who didn't appear to be bonafide.