Trump, Ocasio-Cortez make Time's list of most influential on the internet

Trump, Ocasio-Cortez make Time's list of most influential on the internet
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-N.Y.) both made Time's annual list of the 25 most influential people on the internet.

Released Tuesday, the list touts both of the politicians' large followings on social media.


"President Donald Trump has ramped up his digital presence over the past year," Time wrote, citing a single-day high of 81 tweets sent by the president, who has a Twitter following of almost 62 million, on May 1. 

"Trump’s tweets initiate a feedback loop of cable news segments, Google search results and online news stories, giving his short missives longer legs and allowing his online influence to dwarf that of his political rivals."

Of the first-year congresswoman, who has almost 4.8 million Twitter followers, Time wrote, "Ocasio-Cortez, who even offline is often referred to by her Twitter handle 'AOC,' has nearly 4.8 million followers on the platform, more than most members of Congress."

The New York lawmaker has "expertly harnessed viral tropes to draw attention to subcommittee hearings and granular policy debates that have typically been relegated to the confines of C-Span: an Instagram video of questions she asked at a hearing about cannabis in February has amassed over three million views," the magazine also noted.

Other figures on the list include musicians, like Lil Nas X and Cardi B, and activist efforts, like Greta Thunberg's school walkout and Hong Kong citizens protesting a controversial extradition law.

Vox journalist Carlos Maza made the list after challenging YouTube's harassment policies. Conservative writer and podcaster Ben Shapiro was also included.