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Buckle up social media! Jon Stewart joins Twitter to defend Reddit GameStop investors and calls 'bulls**t' on Robinhood for shutting them down

 Jon Stewart joined Twitter on Thursday, and used his first post to praise Reddit investors for taking on Wall Street and causing GameStop's shares to skyrocket.  

The Reddit group called WallStreetBets that boasts some 4.7 million members has been an online rallying spot for those urging people to buy and hold GameStop shares, punishing short sellers by sending prices soaring. 

It was then that Robinhood and Interactive Brokers restricted trading in GameStop stocks, which dealt a blow to the Reddit investors. 


In response to the controversy, the former Daily Show host, who is a verified Twitter user under the name @Jon_Actual, wrote in his first tweet: 'This is bulls**t. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. 

Jon Stewart, who just recently joined Twitter, has praised a group of small investors on Reddit for taking on Wall Street by causing GameStop's shares to skyrocket over the past few days

Jon Stewart, who just recently joined Twitter, has praised a group of small investors on Reddit for taking on Wall Street by causing GameStop's shares to skyrocket over the past few days

In response to the controversy, the former Daily Show host, who is a verified Twitter user under the name @Jon_Actual, wrote in his first tweet: 'This is bulls**t. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years'

In response to the controversy, the former Daily Show host, who is a verified Twitter user under the name @Jon_Actual, wrote in his first tweet: 'This is bulls**t. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years'

'Don't shut them down…maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!! We've learned nothing from 2008. Love, StewBeef.'

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert responded to Stewart with: 'Well, one thing changed since 2008- a friend of mine joined Twitter.'

Just hours later, Stewart followed up his first tweet with: 'Thanks for the warm welcome! I promise to only use this app in a sporadic and ineffective manner.' 


Stewart's tweet came the same day as Robinhood and Interactive Brokers restricted trading in GameStop and other stocks that had soared this week. 

The restrictions from Robinhood and Interactive Brokers caused GameStop's shares to plummet on Thursday and prompted policymakers to voice their concern.  

Lawmakers from both main parties in Congress, including Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Ted Cruz, criticized the decision by Robinhood to restrict retail trading. Robinhood did not respond to requests for comment. 

Stewart's tweet came the same day as Robinhood and Interactive Brokers restricted trading in GameStop stocks. That dealt a blow to the army of retail investors taking on Wall Street professionals and prompted several lawmakers to voice their concern

Stewart's tweet came the same day as Robinhood and Interactive Brokers restricted trading in GameStop stocks. That dealt a blow to the army of retail investors taking on Wall Street professionals and prompted several lawmakers to voice their concern

US Senator Sherrod Brown, incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, said he will hold a hearing on the current state of the stock market.

'People on Wall Street only care about the rules when they're the ones getting hurt,' Brown said in a statement.

Retail investors and celebrities also denounced the restrictions and participants in online forums seethed, accusing the trading platforms of seeking to protect Wall Street's interests at the expense of smaller investors. 

And after the backlash, the GameStop's shares rebounded in after hours trading when Robinhood and Interactive Brokers said they planned to lift the restrictions on Friday.

Coordinating on forums such as Reddit's Wallstreetbets, the small investors forced hedge funds to unwind short positions that had bet on the decline of shares in companies such as GameStop and American Airlines. That activity resulted in a short squeeze that sent the shares soaring.

GameStop, the video game retailer whose 1,700 per cent rally has been at the heart of the slugfest in the past week, initially rallied to more than $480 a share on Thursday, Refinitiv data showed. It closed down around 44 per cent at $193.60

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