Why would an influential political figure follow me in Twitter, when I'm a nobody, and all I've done to date is opposed his party's philosophy? He follows some 100k people, with a similar number of followers.
I'm almost certain it's to benefit his party, his politics, and his own interests, rather than mine! But what is this actually achieving for him?
Surely he'd be better off following people of an aligned ideology! Otherwise he'd have 100k people filling his feeds with hate. (Actually, he probably does)
Edit: Thank you for the answer. I suspect it's a bit more than just getting any followers - at the least, because following people of opposing view won't do that as often as following people with aligned views. I'd need to do more examination or need more data to enable other possible answers.
If someone provides a better answer, I will select it.