Twitter algorithm amplifies political right (far-right), internal study says
Twitter shared the results of its study on the political leanings of its algorithm, indicating that it tends to amplify “political right” content.
The investigation started in April and had as a sample seven countries, with the study verifying this political inclination in six of the territories.
The researchers used tweets from media publications and elected officials in the US, Canada, Spain, UK, France, Germany and Japan.
“In six of the seven countries, the ‘tweets’ published by elected officials of the political right were amplified by the algorithm, more than the political left. Right-wing media publications were more amplified compared to left-wing ones,” shared on Twitter one of the researchers, Rumman Chowdhury.
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Despite these conclusions, the team of researchers has not yet been able to identify why the algorithm exhibits this trend. Chowdhury believes it could be related to different types of strategy in the social network of the two political wings, indicating that further investigation could help to understand why.
Here’s what’s complex: The team did phenomenal work identifying *what* is happening. Establishing *why* these observed patterns occur is a significantly more difficult question to answer and something META will examine.
— Rumman Chowdhury (@ruchowdh) October 21, 2021