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Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds

 
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10/23/2021 06:56 AM
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Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds
Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests.

The social-media giant said it made the discovery while exploring how its algorithm recommends political content to users.

But it admitted it did not know why, saying that was a "more difficult question to answer".

Twitter has previously faced claims of anti-conservative bias on its platform.

Twitter's study examined tweets from political parties and users sharing content from news outlets in seven countries around the world: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US.

It analysed millions of tweets sent between 1 April and 15 August 2020.

Researchers then used the data to see which tweets were being amplified more on an algorithmically ordered feed compared with a reverse-chronological feed, both of which users have an option of using.

They found that mainstream parties and outlets on the political right enjoyed higher levels of "algorithmic amplification" compared with their counterparts on the left.



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10/23/2021 07:11 AM
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Re: Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds
The problem with these studies is the people who do them are total creeps and liars.

They removed almost all "right" wing posters in 2016.
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Re: Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds
That's because they define anyone to the right of Pol Pot as "far right extremists".
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10/23/2021 07:29 AM
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Re: Twitter's algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds
It's almost like the truth is the opposite. hmm





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