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"The Algorithm" and right-wing content

2021-10-21 22:49:51.014722+02 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Twitter: Examining algorithmic amplification of political content on Twitter. We already knew this, but:

Right-leaning news outlets, as defined by the independent organizations listed above, see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets.

Via Protocol: Twitter’s own research shows that it’s a megaphone for the right. But it’s complicated.

"We can see that it is happening. We are not entirely sure why it is happening. To be clear, some of it could be user-driven, people's actions on the platform, we are not sure what it is. It's just important that we share this information," Chowdhury said. The META team plans to conduct what she called a "root-cause analysis" to try to discover the "why," and that analysis will likely include creating testable hypotheses about how people use the platform that could help show whether it's the way users interact with Twitter or the algorithm itself that is causing this uneven amplification.

I suspect that some of it is just that the economic forces behind the "right wing" provide money for campaigns and efforts which exploit the algorithm.

Edit: The Guardian: Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets

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#Comment Re: "The Algorithm" and right-wing content made: 2021-10-22 04:17:52.086652+02 by: spc476

But if Twitter was a megaphone for the left, would anyone even bother to look into it?

#Comment Re: "The Algorithm" and right-wing content made: 2021-10-22 18:23:21.614445+02 by: Dan Lyke

Good question: Is there a prevalence of left-wing publications that present themselves as centrist? MSNBC, Mother Jones, all of those seem to present themselves as explicitly left-wing, vs Fox ("fair and balanced"), OAN, etc....

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