Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is growing tired of insisting that
Twitter's algorithm is purely "impartial" and doesn't discriminate
against conservative voices.
the controversy surrounding Twitter's blatant
shadow-banning of conservative voices
continues to rage, Dorsey
admitted to lawmakersthat
his platform "unfairly" reduced the visibility of 600,000
accounts, including some members of Congress. But
he refused to say whether a majority of them were Democrats or
Republicans, only saying that the issues were remedied in late
Dorsey told senators that the platform used "hundreds of
signals" to decide "what
to show, down-rank and filter."
do not shadow-ban anyone based on political ideology," he said.
was unfair," said Mr Dorsey. "We
told Senators that the platform used "hundreds
of signals" to decide "what to show,
down-rank and filter".
does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether
related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our
rules," said Mr Dorsey.
the market wasn't thrilled with his response as
Twitter shares tanked, weighing on the Nasdaq for a second
straight day on Thursday.
on Wednesday, the DOJ said it would investigate "growing concern
that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally
stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms."
the BBC points
out, the allegations of censorship were fueled when Twitter added
a "quality filter" to the platform and its search results. And
then President Trump blew the issue wide open when he tweeted
about it last month.
a highlight of Dorsey's comments from the hearing (courtesy of
Eliot Engel asked why Twitter did not require people to verify
their identity when registering an account. Mr Dorsey said the
platform had systems to detect bots and had prevented half a
million fake accounts from even being used
why Twitter relied on its users to report inappropriate content,
Mr Dorsey said it was a "matter of scale" but that it responded
quickly to reports based on their severity
Pallone asked how many human moderators Twitter had in the US
and how much they were paid. Mr Dorsey was unable to answer
Fred Upton asked how Twitter determined whether somebody was
trying to manipulate a conversation. Mr Dorsey said the platform
was focused on "conversation health", with factors such as
"shared attention" taken into account
whether Twitter's rules were clear, Mr Dorsey said he accepted
they were difficult to understand and needed to be "more
Adam Kinzinger asked whether Twitter stored user data in Russia.
Mr Dorsey replied that Twitter did not have servers in Russia
Michael Doyle asked explicitly whether Twitter had taken action
to censor conservatives. "No," replied Mr Dorsey
course, in Dorsey's mind, these shadowbanning slip ups (and myriad
other actions to repress conservative voices) don't mean twitter
isn't "fair and balanced"...