Twitter’s own research shows that…

Twitter’s own research shows that its algorithms amplify tweets from the political right more than they do the left, but it’s unclear why….

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Twitter says its own research shows that its algorithms amplify tweets from the political right more than they do those from the left.

In a blog post released Thursday, Twitter says tweets from right-leaning politicians and groups both receive more amplification than those from their left-leaning counterparts. In addition, right-leaning news outlets see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets.

The research didn’t look into as to why tweets from the right are favored by the algorithms. 

Twitter conducted the research by analyzing millions of tweets sent from April 1 to Aug. 15, 2020 from accounts operated by elected officials in seven countries. It used public, third-party sources to identify political party affiliation. It didn’t use tweeted content to attempt to guess the political views of elected officials.

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