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Twitter Admits It Ran Interference on Podesta Email Leaks

Since I know some of you are going to just disregard this because of the source, the testimony is linked to the House page.

Before the election, we also detected and took action on activity relating to hashtags that have since been reported as manifestations of efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. For example, our automated spam detection systems helped mitigate the impact of automated Tweets promoting the #PodestaEmails hashtag, which originated with Wikileaks’ publication of thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.

The core of the hashtag was propagated by Wikileaks, whose account sent out a series of 118 original Tweets containing variants on the hashtag #PodestaEmails referencing the daily installments of the emails released on the Wikileaks website. In the two months preceding the election, around 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 unique Tweets containing variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag.

Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches.

As described in greater detail below, our systems detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Do I need to draw a diagram here?  And to think, amidst all this “help” Clinton got, she still blames the Russians, and she still lost.

Twitter literally systematically hid damaging tweets.  This is no longer in the realm of theory or conspiracy tin-foil-hattery.

via Twitter Admits It Buried “Podesta Email”, DNC Tweets Ahead Of The Presidential Election | Zero Hedge

Social Networks, Technology

Facebook Bringing On 3,000 Content Screeners

 A week after news broke of multiple videos of suicides posted on Facebook remaining on the site for hours, the company has announced a new plan to add 3,000 more people to its operations team to screen for harmful videos and other posts to respond to them more quickly in the future.Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook said that this would be in addition to the 4,500 people already working in this capacity.

Yeah.  This’ll fix it.

Source: Facebook to add 3,000 to team reviewing posts with hate speech, crimes, and other harming posts | TechCrunch

Social Networks

Twitter Throttling Topics They Don’t Like?

Yet another example of strange behavior with the traffic from Twitter to go along with the disconnecting from conversations and the strange disappearance of pro-Trump tweets.

I recently tweeted a link to my blog post that is unflattering to the proponents of climate science. I have 138,000 Twitter followers. My traffic from Twitter to my blog in a recent minute was only 14 people, while overall traffic from other sources was its usual robust self. For non-controversial topics, my Twitter-driven traffic for a tweet to my blog would be 200-300 per minute in the half-hour after a tweet. On this topic, it hovered between 10-14.

Source: Nothing to See Here, Folks | Scott Adams’ Blog