Twitter has admitted there is a bias in the algorithm that means right-wing tweets are more amplified on the platform than left-wing tweets.
According to The Guardian, Twitter put the microscope on tweets from seven countries – the United States, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Japan.
The research found that in six out of seven countries, apart from Germany found that tweets from right-wing politicians received more amplification from the algorithm than those from the left; right-leaning news organisations and people were more amplified than those on the left.
However, Germany was the only country where Twitter users saw more content from left-wing sources than right-wing.
Basically, this means that tweets by Sky News and Piers Morgan are more likely to succeed in Twitter’s current algorithm.
The study also found:
- Two individuals in the same political party may not see the same amplification
- Third-party ratings make their own, independent classifications.
Twitter has to reveal how they plan to tackle this issue, going forward.
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