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October 10 2016

Latest Gender-Warrior Outrage: Men Follow More Men Than Women on Twitter

Charlotte Allen

The latestwail from the microagression-obsessed feminist front: Men follow more men than women on Twitter.

And it seems--hee hee!--that women also follow more men than women on Twitter.

Heat Street reported last week that Silicon Valley tycoon Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is in big trouble with the gender police:

Punchy and fearless fellow hacks at Vice’s Motherboard site have exposed a pioneering inventor and engineer, Elon Musk, as a massive sexist… for following precisely zero women on Twitter.

Horrors!

In this “not the Onion” article, a writer for the site launched a Pulitzer-worthy investigation and found out that 21 of the gendered accounts that Musk follows are men, and not one is a woman. He follows only 55 accounts in total.

This surely must mean he has a problem with women, right?

To prove the case further, tech news site Motherboard also reminded us about the time Musk didn’t add Talulah Riley’s Twitter handle in the tweet below — prompting a question: “Would it kill you to @-mention her, Elon?”

Maybe that's because Elon and wife Talulah separated last month after a three-year marriage. (It was actually their second split-up, as they married for the first time in 2010 and divorced in 2012.)

At any rate:

The founder of Tesla Motors tried to put out the fire by claiming he uses Twitter for getting the news. But if we know one thing about rabid social justice warriors, it’s that they will never give up.

Then the U.K. Guardian got into the act, wagging its finger at a whole slew of  tech-moguls:

The Guardian examined the Twitter accounts of a number of male tech leaders who follow about 250 accounts or fewer (for ease of counting). While all of the accounts bested Musk, they all followed between two and eleven times as many men as women.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, follows 267 accounts on Twitter. Of those, 238 appear to be men. He follows nearly as many Twitter Eggs (15) as women (21).

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, followed the most women (39) of any of the accounts examined by the Guardian, though that is still half the number of men he follows (78) out of a total of 165 accounts.

Other accounts the Guardian examined:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook follows 51 accounts: 20 men, four women and the rest brands
  • Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky follows 92 accounts, including 58 men and 12 women
  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings follows 60 accounts, including 44 men and 10 women
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates follows 169 accounts, including 57 men and 12 women
  • Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt follows 235 accounts, including 153 men and 25 women
  • Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla follows 257 accounts, including 175 men and 25 women

But then, Heat Street did some reporting of its own and discovered the following:

Using the online tool Proporti.onl, we examined the Twitter followings of the top women in tech, according to Forbes. Here’s what we found:

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki follows 296 accounts: 120 men, 37 women, the rest are brands and news organizations.

HP CEO Meg Whitman follows 298 accounts: 58 men, 19 women, the rest are brands and news organizations.

Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts follows 146 accounts: 64 men, 21 women, the rest are brands and news organizations.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer follows 343 accounts: 239 men, 65 women, the rest are brands and news organizations.

The only exception seemed to be Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who Twitter-follows 10 women and only five men.

My conclusion: Men probably deliver more interesting tweets than women



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