Nearly a year after President Donald Trump defeated Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Twitter has admitted it helped Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
The social media giant reportedly buried significant portions of tweets related to hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta during the last two months of the campaign, according to testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 31.
Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett explained that his company’s systems hid 48 percent of tweets that included the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of tweets using #PodestaEmails.
For the Clinton campaign, some of the most detrimental revelations that came from those emails were that DNC officials secretly aided Clinton during the primaries against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and that “neutral” journalists were actually pro-Clinton partisans working to get her elected.
In fact, the exposure of those emails and Clinton’s reprehensible behind-the-scenes behavior almost certainly played a role in her defeat.
Twitter leadership had reportedly detected this activity as part of alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.
In the two months leading up to the November election, roughly 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 tweets mentioning variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag.
“Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags form our automation detection systems that hid them from searches,” Edgett wrote.
Those same systems also detected and hid nearly half of all tweets mentioning variants of the #DNCLeak hashtag, which referred to the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.
But, apparently, Twitter wasn’t concerned about targeting the alleged source of the leaks or election interference, as only two percent of the tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag were found to have come from “potentially Russian-linked accounts,” Edgett said.
This is a bigger interference in the election than all Russian ads combined. Twitter just admitted to hiding 48% of tweets about DNC leak. pic.twitter.com/ecwZVai2oV
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) November 1, 2017
Fortunately — and quite embarrassingly for Clinton — she still managed to lose the election, despite Twitter’s assistance in covering up the exposure of her wrongdoings.
Perhaps that’s why people have been lining up to distance themselves from Clinton’s sinking ship, such as former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile whose upcoming book exposes details of Clinton cheating in the primary race against Sanders.
— Chad Boukzam (@ChadBoukzam) November 2, 2017
The truth is that Twitter censored information from voters regarding important information about a presidential candidate. Fortunately, that censorship wasn’t enough to help Clinton be victorious, but it certainly doesn’t sit well with those of us who appreciate freedom of information and speech.
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