American rapper Kanye West has not lost over 9 million followers on Twitter after he praised President Donald Trump on the platform.
In the wake of Kanye West’s string of posts, a number of U.S. websites claimed that his follower count had dropped by millions in just a few minutes.
A number of viral tweets suggested that his follower count had dropped by over 9 million users in just a few minutes – from 27.8 million followers to 18.6 million followers –, after he posted tweets including a picture of a signed Make America Great Again hat.
But despite the controversy around the posts, West’s followers do seem to be staying the same, at around 27.9 million.
The number might be changing on some people’s screens, but that appears to be a problem with Twitter rather than people taking issue with his posts.
“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought,” tweeted West on Wednesday, April 25.
Responding to West’s tweet, President Trump tweeted: “Thank you Kanye. Very cool.”
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to a range of outlets, including Independent.co.uk, that the fluctuations were a mistake.
“We can confirm that Kanye’s follower count is currently at approximately 27M followers,” the company said. “Any fluctuation that people might be seeing is an inconsistency and should be resolved soon.”
West, who has deleted his Twitter in the past, has been using the site heavily in the last few days. While his statements about the president have received the most attention, he has also promised to release two new albums in the coming months and has discussed pulling himself out of the traditional record industry.