Twitter Hires Straight Up Anti-Trumpers To Head Up Its New Project

Hannah Bleau

As you’ve probably heard, Twitter has been accused of “shadow banning.”

It released a statement on the matter and kinda sorta admitted that it might possibly be engaging in shady behavior.

Emphasis mine–

“We do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.”

Um…isn’t that what shadow banning entails, at least in part?

Well folks, not to worry! Twitter is rolling out a new campaign designed to zero in on “incivility and intolerance in Twitter conversations.” They’re going to crack down on HATE SPEECH. Isn’t that swell?

The Leiden-led project will primarily focus on two key challenges: echo chambers and uncivil discourse. Based on their past findings, echo chambers, which form when discussions involve only like-minded people and perspectives, can increase hostility and promote resentment towards those not having the same conversation. The project’s first set of metrics will assess the extent to which people acknowledge and engage with diverse viewpoints on Twitter.

The second set of metrics will focus on incivility and intolerance in Twitter conversations. The group has found that while incivility, which breaks norms of politeness, can be problematic, it can also serve important functions in political dialog. In contrast, intolerant discourse — such as hate speech, racism, and xenophobia — is inherently threatening to democracy. The team will therefore work on developing algorithms that distinguish between these two behaviors.

Guess who Twitter’s hiring to head this project up…

She’s stoked.

“In the context of growing political polarization, the spread of misinformation, and increases in incivility and intolerance, it is clear that if we are going to effectively evaluate and address some of the most difficult challenges arising on social media, academic researchers and tech companies will need to work together much more closely,” Dr. Rebekah Tromble said in a statement. “This initiative presents an important and promising opportunity for Twitter and our team of researchers to share expertise and work on solutions together.”

Oh. By the way. There’s something you should know about Rebekah. She hates Trump.

Unfortunately, Rebekah’s only one of MANY.

There’s Dr. Patricia Rossini:


Dr. Jennifer Stromer-Galley:

I’m sure she meant #smallhands in the nicest way possible.

Good to know she fell for that totally misleading cover.

And Dr. Nava Tintarev:

Way to go Twitter! I feel so much better about you guys taking care of all the incivility and bias on your platform!


h/t Fox News

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