Emma González Passes NRA, Dana Loesch For Twitter Followers
February 26, 2018

One million followers in less than two weeks. Republicans better hope they won't vote.

Source: CNET

Twitter is a powerful tool for activists. Just ask 18-year-old Emma González, who has become an outspoken gun control advocate after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at her high school in Parkland, Florida.

In less than two weeks, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas student has racked up more Twitter followers than the politically powerful National Rifle Association.

As of Monday afternoon, González's Twitter account, which was set up earlier this month, had a reported 992,000 followers. The NRA's Twitter account has 587,000 followers, while NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has 783,000 Twitter followers.

Twitter has been at the center of activism in the US with campaigns ranging from the Women's March, which organized in response to the election of Donald Trump, to the #MeToo movement, which encourages women to speak up about sexual assault using the social network. It's also the preferred platform for Trump and a facilitator of the nation's divisive chatter.

González, who rose to prominence after she gave an impassioned 11-minute speech calling out lawmakers and the NRA for not doing enough to stop school shootings, is leveraging the platform to push for more gun control laws.

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