Does Social Media Have Right Wing Bias?

Is Twitter unwilling or unable to boot Nazis from its platform the way it booted members of ISIS? If so why?

Because that would end up banning (some/many/all?) Republican politicians.

Motherboard explains (Emphasis mine):


“At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?

“An executive responded by explaining that Twitter follows the law, and a technical employee who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues went up to the mic to add some context. …

“With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said.

“In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.”


In other words, Twitter cannot tell the difference between Republicans and White Nationalists.  And for the most part, neither can I.

And therein lies the problem of bias. Because Twitter (and Facebook, and others) cannot make the distinction between hate speech and Republican orthodoxy, it lets it continue unabated and unquestioned, which gives Right Wing voices an inherent boost. They cannot stop the hate speech because of who is saying it.

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3 Responses to Does Social Media Have Right Wing Bias?

  1. roket says:

    Censoring right-wing white nationalist republicans is now a bad thing. Sure is starting to feel like 1930’s Germany around here.

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    • laura says:

      No lie told rocket, no lie told. Good Germans, every one, just herrenvolken around on the twitter making America white supremacist again.

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  2. Twitter shmitter … what I’ve noticed since the run up to the 2016 debacle is the marked infiltration of fake American facebook actors/accounts held by Russians that infiltrated social groups to spread pro-Russian & alt right bullshit.
    Forget the Facebook ads and fake news, that’s the least of the damage source compared to these trolls and how they manipulated (still do) the daily conversation(s) within the groups they were in. The target demographic is obviously white males, ages 15 to 35.
    This is what Putin’s proud of, not the silly facebook ad bullshit. This (trolling via fake accounts) is where he pans for gold -the minds of our young impressionable and alienated/disenfranchised men.
    In the power of perception war, Twitter may represent strength in numbers of followers, but the social groups control and shape the narrative/discourse.
    It’s still going on unabated.

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