Twitter right-wing political content amplification
Occurred: October 2021
A new study by Twitter has discovered that its algorithms disproportionately boost right-wing news and commentary content.
Covering politicians’ tweets and political content from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK and US from April 1 to August 2020, Twitter found that right-wing content was more amplified algorithmically relative to a reverse-chronological timeline in every country, other than Germany.
Country: Canada; France; Germany; Japan; Spain; UK; USA
Purpose: Recommend content
Technology: Recommendation algorithm
Issue: Bias/discrimination - politics
Transparency: Governance; Black box; Complaints/appeals
Twitter (2021). Algorithmic Amplification of Politics on Twitter (pdf)
News, commentary, analysis
Published: October 2021