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Twitter’s own research says that its algorithms play favourites with the political right

Twitter’s findings confirm what many have been warning about i.e. the amplification of right-wing views on the platform.

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“In six out of seven countries — all but Germany — Tweets posted by accounts from the political right receive more algorithmic amplification than the political left when studied as a group,” Twitter said in its blog post detailing the findings of its analysis of whether recommendation algorithms amplify political content. The study examined tweets from elected officials of seven countries— Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Tweets from news outlets were also studied in this exercise. The social media platform compared the political content on the Home timeline and the latest tweets section.  Twitter's study revealed that its algorithms amplify political content from elected politicians regardless of which party they belong to at the time. It also found that “right-leaning news outlets see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets”. However, as highlighted in the paper, these third-party ratings make their own, independent classifications and as such the results of the analysis may vary depending on which source is used. Twitter’s research confirms the dangers of social media including death in several countries and may shape the conversation around political content on social media.  How did Twitter conduct this study? Researchers Luca Belli and Rumman Chowdhury started with the following questions:  How much algorithmic amplification does political content from elected officials receive in Twitter’s algorithmically ranked Home timeline versus in the reverse chronological timeline?  Are some types of political groups algorithmically amplified more than others? Does this amplification vary across political…

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