Tron CEO Justin Sun Accused of Manipulating Twitter Follower Count
Crypto industry commentator Josh Rager has criticized Tron CEO Justin Sun of purchasing five thousand to six thousand Twitter supporters a 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 clockwork in late 2018.”
In a scathing rhetoric, he said: “You’re such a meme. I feel sorry for Tron investors.”
Rager published screenshots from Twitter statistics platform SocialBlade to substantiate his assertion, showing that Sun’s website lately received an estimate of 5,000 fresh followers per day:
The second image below shows the decline in Sun’s new supporters between February and December 2018, when the CEO presumably started purchasing fresh supporters:
Sun, who currently has 1.7 million followers, is yet to respond to Rager’s accusations.
On August 30, 2018 #TRON launched #TRON Virtual Machine (#TRONVM) officially. Now join the event to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of TVM launch. Get a chance to win a total of 10,000 #TRX! $TRXhttps://t.co/WgZJShydvm
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) September 1, 2019
Crypto Twitter reacted with varying levels of critique and approval to the CEO, pointing “Look at CZ, it has one of the biggest trading systems and less than half a million supporters.” Another suggested more judiciously that it is better to hold a distinction between the blockchain’s figurehead and Tron’s technology itself, stating:
“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.”
In June, Sun participated in an eBay charity auction for dinner with Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s billionaire CEO, and a known crypto critic. Unsurprisingly, Sun’s final offer was $4,567,888, the maximum offer in the 20-year span of the event.
Having asked Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire and Litecoin developer Charlie Lee to join the awaited power lunch, the Tron Foundation revealed unexpectedly in July that it had chosen to adjourn the meeting to an unknown deadline.