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Tron CEO Justin Sun Accused of Buying 5,000 Twitter Followers Per Day

Crypto market commentator Josh Rager has accused Tron founder Justin Sun of buying 5-6,000 Twitter followers per day.

In a tweet posted on Sept. 1, Rager claimed:

“Looks like you’re still buying 5,000 to 6,000 followers per day. My favorite stat is how you went from losing net-negative followers per month to gaining 5k followers daily like clock work in late 2018.”

At the end he added, sharpening his attack: “You’re such a meme. I feel sorry for Tron investors.”

Tron CEO buying 5K new followers per day?

To corroborate his claim, Roger posted screenshots from Twitter user profile statistics aggregator Socialblade, which reveals that Sun’s profile has on average seen 5,000 new followers per day just this week:

Twitter stats summary/user statistics for @justinsuntron (Aug. 20 - Sept. 2, 2019)

Twitter stats summary/user statistics for @justinsuntron (Aug. 20 – Sept. 2, 2019). Source: Socialblade

The second attached screenshot indicates the downtick in Sun’s new followers between February and December 2018, following which Rager alleges the CEO began to allegedly buy his online network:

Twitter progress graphs @justinsuntron (Jan. 2018 - Sept. 2019)

Twitter progress graphs @justinsuntron (Jan. 2018 – Sept. 2019). Source: Socialblade

By press time, Sun — whose profile currently has 1.7 million followers — has not responded to Rager’s accusations.

Crypto twitterers responded with various degrees of criticism and support for the CEO, with one pointedly noting: “Look at CZ, he has one of the largest trading platforms and has under half a million followers.”

Another proposed more generously that he would maintain a separation between the figurehead and Tron’s technology itself, arguing:

“He is a meme yes. But that doesn’t mean the product is crap. So far it works quite good. I would rather use a DApp running on Tron than on Ethereum. But I have the feeling that his position scares some dev/investors away.”

Wining and dining the crypto critics

In June, Sun won a charity auction on eBay to have lunch with Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and a notorious crypto sceptic. Sun’s winning bid was apparently $4,567,888 — the highest bid in the event’s 20-year history.

Having invited the likes of Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee to attend the much-anticipated power lunch, the Tron Foundation suddenly announced in July that it had decided to postpone the event to a later unspecified date.

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