Rudy Giuliani's Twitter Following Drops by Tens of Thousands After Joe Biden Inauguration

Rudy Giuliani's Twitter account has lost tens of thousands of followers since President Joe Biden took office on January 20.

Giuliani, a personal attorney to Donald Trump and former mayor of New York City, has seen several large plunges in follower numbers over the past month, according to the social media analytics platform Social Blade.

On January 20, Giuliani's verified Twitter account had 1,228,150 followers. This number has since fallen to 1,184,554—a drop of more than 43,000.

Two of the more significant drops came immediately after the inauguration, on January 21 and 22, when Giuliani lost more than 20,000 followers in total. The next big fall was logged on January 26, when his profile lost more than 25,000 followers in a single day.

Giuliani has remained an active Twitter user in the weeks since Trump was suspended from the platform on January 8, over posts that risked incitement of violence in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

On Tuesday, Giuliani reacted to the second impeachment trial against Trump that began this week, writing: "Is Congress a joke? Tomorrow the Senate will commence a proceeding to remove a person from an office he does not occupy."

Last Sunday, he posted baseless claims that "Antifa" and Black Lives Matter "helped organize the January 6 attack on Congress." The tweet remained online on Wednesday and it is unclear if the post violates Twitter's anti-misinformation policies.

Newsweek has contacted Twitter for comment.

Antifa and BLM attack DC like they helped organize the January 6 attack on Congress. However, so far their role is being concealed.

— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) February 7, 2021

Some of the largest follower drops on Giuliani's Twitter account came as the social network permanently suspended tens of thousands of users who were spreading the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory.

Metrics logged by social media audit platform SpeakRJ show that Giuliani lost a large number of followers during this period last month.

The Twitter suspensions started on January 8. On that day, Giuliani had 1,344,459 followers. By January 22, the figure had fallen to 1,205,511—a loss of more than 138,000 followers.

YouTube confirmed last month that Giuliani had been suspended from a partner program that generates ad revenue from videos. The Google-owned platform took the decision in response to uploads that violated its guidelines on election misinformation.

YouTube previously said in a blog post it would remove content that misleads users by alleging "widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election," including via software glitches or vote counting errors.

The ballot machine company Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Giuliani after he alleged it played a role in rigging the election.

Giuliani's YouTube account resumed uploading over the past week and has approximately 579,000 subscribers.

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Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani waits to testify before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020, in Lansing. Giuliani’s Twitter account has lost tens of thousands of followers since President Joe Biden took office. Rey Del Rio/Getty