Twitter's algorithm amplifies right-wing political content more than leftist content, an internal examination found. In a blog post, Twitter said right-leaning news outlets are featured more prominently by its algorithm than left-leaning news outlets, and that posts from political figures on the right show up more often than those from the left in six out of seven countries analyzed. Twitter says it isn't sure why right-leaning content is featured more often, but that more analysis is needed to identify and reverse such effects.
- Twitter's analysis looked at millions of tweets posted in 2020 in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.
- Earlier this year, following criticism that its platform amplified inaccurate and violent messages in advance of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter launched a "Responsible Machine Learning Initiative" to determine how its algorithm interacted with and utilized political posts.
- Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms have been criticized for amplifying what their algorithms see as most "engaging," which frequently leans toward more extreme and conflict-focused content.
- Twitter's analysis adds to a growing list of research showing that right-leaning voices are highly amplified through social media algorithms, despite complaints from some prominent conservatives regarding censorship.