(FreedomBeacon)- Despite being temporarily suspended on Facebook in recent weeks, President Donald Trump has seen a massive uptick in support on social media. According to a report from Newsweek, the president gained nearly 150,000 extra “likes” on the social media platform after being censored on the platform.
President Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter and suspended “indefinitely” on Facebook following the tragic outbreak of violence at a pro-Trump rally on January 6. Despite the president’s repeated calls for peace, social media networks pre-emptively chose to ban the president on what they claimed were safety grounds.
But just days before the inauguration of Joe Biden, Facebook chose to reinstate the president’s account, and he immediately saw a bump in likes.
Newsweek obtained the social media metrics from “Social Blade,” and also found that the president received roughly 100,000 extra subscribers on YouTube after also being banned from the platform.
The Newsweek report described how the last page on President Donald Trump’s page was dated January 6, the day that a violent mob forced themselves into the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Seeing a massive increase in followers after silencing the president is a good example of the “Streisand Effect,” whereby attempts at censoring an individual or stop people accessing content has the opposite of the intended effect.
While President Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter and social media CEOs have engaged in yet more smear campaigns against America’s 45th president, his approval ratings have remained pretty stable and supporters of the president remain overwhelmingly on his side.
Rasmussen Reports, a polling company that performs daily polls on how people feel about the president’s performance. As of Monday, January 18, the United States remains strongly in favor of the president and his performance, with 51% of likely U.S. voters approving of the president’s job performance, and 48% disapproving.
Out of those figures, 36% strongly approve of the president’s job, and 41% strongly disapprove. According to Rasmussen, that gives the president a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5 – which, while it could be better, is by no means the disastrously low approval ratings claimed by CNN.
Will the president’s popularity just keep rising as the media and Democrats continue to attack him, as his follower numbers did during his Facebook suspension?