Have you tried to reply to one of the mayor’s tweets recently? Well, you wouldn’t be able to – he’s decided to limit who can reply to him to those he follows. Most of us were shocked, if not surprised, by his decision.
Curry’s tweets, often veer into absurd topics, strange videos, and late-night misspelled rants. A quick analysis finds that he often gets ratioed, meaning more people reply negatively to his tweets than they retweet or favorite them. In short: he gets dunked on a lot.
The move represents another step the battered mayor has taken to insulate himself from public opinion. In a June poll conducted by the University of North Florida, Curry had a 49% disapproval rating from Duval County voters. A steep decline for a candidate who breezed into office.
Curry often states that Twitter isn’t real life, and it doesn’t represent real voters. But 2020 has shown a merging of the two: social media and online activism are leading to real changes in laws, budgets, and symbols. At the same time, Curry’s mentions and his low approval rating finally converged. And he can’t take it.
(Our resident astrologer noted that the mayor is a Cancer, which means he has a tendency to be hypersensitive.)
Removing the ability to reply to tweets without fully blocking anyone circumvents a Supreme Court ruling outlawing government officials from blocking users, but it still sends a powerful message to constituents: I’m in my final term, what can you do?
The mayor cleaned house on bipartisan appointed boards, built a political machine that scares opposition candidates, and apparently uses lobbyists as a shield from investigations.
But it’s Twitter that finally breaks him.