By Benjamin Norton – Oct 25, 2021
Twitter published a study revealing that its algorithm amplifies right-wing politicians and media outlets in the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and Canada.
At The Grayzone, I have extensively documented Twitter’s role in promoting promoting US state media, partnering with UK government-funded outletsto censor supposed “misinformation,” and hiring a right-wing Mexican political operative to censor leftists in Latin America.
Twitter similarly relies on Western government-financed regime-change groups to crack down on adversaries of Washington and Brussels, while suspending journalists and activists in Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Russia, and China who criticize Western foreign policy.
But that’s not all. The Silicon Valley social media corporation has now publicly acknowledged that it amplifies right-wing politicians and media outlets.
Twitter revealed this in a report it published on October 21. The internal study shows that leftist parties that challenge bipartisan orthodoxy are significantly hurt by Twitter’s algorithm.
Overall, it is center-right, neoliberal politicians, parties, and media outlets that are amplified the most on the platform.
Featured image: Photo courtesy of Twitter.
Benjamin Norton is the founder and editor of the independent news website Multipolarista, where he does original reporting in both English and Spanish. Benjamin has reported from numerous countries, including Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, and more. His journalistic work has been published in dozens of media outlets, and he has done interviews on Sky News, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, El Financiero Bloomberg, Al Mayadeen teleSUR, RT, TRT World, CGTN, Press TV, HispanTV, Sin Censura, and various TV channels in Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Benjamin writes a regular column for Al Mayadeen (in English and Spanish). He was formerly a reporter with the investigative journalism website The Grayzone, and previously produced the political podcast and video show Moderate Rebels. His personal website is BenNorton.com, and he tweets at @BenjaminNorton.
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