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Detroit Rep. Rashida Tlaib fourth-highest in online engagement, data shows

January 25, 2022, 10:12 AM

Whoever stands up to challenge Rep. Rashida Tlaib for the newly created 12th District Congressional seat will have to beat not only her fundraising, but her social media presence. 

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit (File photo)

A new analysis shows that articles about Tlaib, D-Detroit, gain the fourth-highest social-media engagement among national politicians, behind only those featuring Sen. Ted Cruz, fellow Squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. 

Axios reports

New data finds that the nation's most polarizing politicians are often the ones that garner the most attention online.

Why it matters: Online engagement helps politicians build a bigger national profile and more fundraising power, incentivizing them be more outrageous, more polarizing and more divisive.

By the numbers: Topping the list are lightning rods from each party — politicians who fire up their base while providing ammunition for the other party — according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.

According to the NewsWhip survey, articles about Tlaib get an average of 1,500 social-media engagements. The story did not indicate whether these engagements reflected good or bad feelings about the Detroit Democrat, first elected in 2018.

Tlaib has two verified Twitter accounts -- a personal account (1.5 million followers) and one for her congressional office (509,700) -- and a pair on Facebook, each with about 50,000 followers. 


Read more:  Axios


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