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Friday, October 22, 2021

An internal evaluation of Twitter's recommendation algorithms concluded they amplify right-leaning political content more than left-leaning, company researchers announced Thursday, undercutting allegations by many conservatives who contend they are being censored on the platform.



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Twitter researchers analyzed millions of 2020 tweets by elected officials in seven countries " Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States " as well as posts that linked to political content from news outlets. Researchers relied on outside experts to determine what was right- or left-leaning rather than deciding for themselves.

"Our results reveal a remarkably consistent trend: In 6 out of 7 countries studied, the mainstream political right enjoys higher algorithmic amplification than the mainstream political left," researchers said in a 27-page report.

Well, kiss my ascot. Just another empirical example of the right's incessant projection delusions, when they know full well that their poisonous content dominates social media - not the other way around.

I guess when you have no platform, no issues, and a complete devotion to the cult of a sociopathic personality, reality is whatever you say that it is - ie. post policy meets social media domination.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-10-22 01:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Outrage addicts need more outrage.

#2 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-10-23 06:57 AM | Reply

Well, another myth goes out the door, that social media platform are always trying to suppress conservative voices and instead, putting a liberal slant on everything.


#3 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-10-23 11:37 AM | Reply

Twitter discovered what FoxNews learned in the late 1990's...

It is easiest to build a large following when you appeal to the audience's emotions to build anger and rage.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-23 11:45 AM | Reply

#3 The nice thing about myths is it doesn't matter if they are true.

Look, Republicans truly believe they are victims. Only they can change that about themselves.

Feeling like you're a victim isn't about facts. It's about emotions.

Even if it's true that you are a victim, it's how you respond that defines your character.

Eberly knows what I'm talking about, and would agree if it was anybody but me saying it

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-23 11:46 AM | Reply

Time to listen to trump, and repeal section 230 of the telecommunications act. It is perhaps the only good idea that he has ever had, although he is too dumb to know what the consequences would be.

Make media companies responsible for the lies they allow on their platforms.

#6 | Posted by bus_driver at 2021-10-23 12:09 PM | Reply

@#6 ... repeal section 230 of the telecommunications act ...

In case you're curious, here's section 230...

47 U.S. Code 230 - Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material

The section usually cited for repeal question is...

(c) Protection for "Good Samaritan" blocking and screening of offensive material

(1) Treatment of publisher or speaker

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

(2) Civil liabilityNo provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of"

(A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected; or

(B) any action taken to enable or make available to information content providers or others the technical means to restrict access to material described in paragraph (1).[1]

Note thatsection 230 is specifically targeted twards the Internet...

(b) Policy

It is the policy of the United States"

(1) to promote the continued development of the Internet and other interactive computer services and other interactive media;

(2) to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation;

(3) to encourage the development of technologies which maximize user control over what information is received by individuals, families, and schools who use the Internet and other interactive computer services;

(4) to remove disincentives for the development and utilization of blocking and filtering technologies that empower parents to restrict their children's access to objectionable or inappropriate online material; and

(5) to ensure vigorous enforcement of Federal criminal laws to deter and punish trafficking in obscenity, stalking, and harassment by means of computer.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-23 12:29 PM | Reply

Make media companies responsible for the lies they allow on their platforms.

The problem here is, you'll never get the people who benefit from the lies to go along with that.

And it's both the Republicans and the companies themselves who benefit from the lies.

This entire saga exemplifies what happens when we tolerate intolerance. Tolerance gets burued under an avalanche of intolerance.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-23 01:04 PM | Reply

Infect the Fascist propaganda with messages from bots that Zuck is anti Trump and whip the mindless cultists into a murderous frenzy. Make Zuck a target of the hate machine he built. Then it will get fixed.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2021-10-24 02:19 PM | Reply

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