In April, I was locked out of my Twitter account. I was not banned, but once I was locked out I no longer had access to the phone number or email that I had originally used when I created it in November, 2008. Yes, I had been on Twitter for a long time and it never occurred to me to change my identifying data. For months, I’ve reached out to Twitter to regain access. It’s not just an old and decently sized account (33k followers) but it also held my 21k+ Tweets that I didn’t want to lose. So, it’s sitting there in limbo and Twitter won’t help me get it back.
After checking with their Terms of Service and determining that since I wasn’t banned, I could create a new account, I finally relented to do so yesterday. I set my only interest as “Politics” and proceeded to the step where it suggests people to follow. What I found was absolutely shocking. At first, it was humorous that they would front-load the suggestions with Democrats like Maxine Waters, Barack Obama, and Pete Buttigieg. But then I kept scrolling.
“Oh, there’s Devin Nunes,” I thought when I got down to #8 on the list. As it turned out, it was actually an anti-Nunes parody account called “Devin Nunes’ cow,” but I followed it anyway. I kept scrolling. Kamala Harris. Richard Blumenthal. Nancy Pelosi, twice. I kept scrolling. Mika Brzezinski. Adam Schiff. Joe Biden’s senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre.
Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. Finally, after 57 leftists and/or Democrats, I got to my first conservative… Devin Nunes. The real Devin Nunes. I thought that perhaps, JUST perhaps, Twitter saw I was in California and their algorithm assumed I was a leftist. So, I called a friend in Montana who never had a Twitter account. I walked her through, having her put in the same “Politics” interest and nothing else. What she saw was different, but only a bit. She had her first Republican pop up after 53 progressives. Not only is she not a leftist, but she swears she doesn’t know anyone in her community who is.
Here are the screenshots in order:
Needless to say, I unfollowed Devin Nunes’ cow, then followed the real thing as well as Tucker Carlson, who was listed after Nunes before another batch of a bunch of leftists. It was absolutely ridiculous that giving the generic interest of “Politics” triggers Twitter into recommending nothing but leftists.
We all know about the overt suppression and censorship on social media, but it’s the subtle, behind-the-scenes algorithmic leftism in Big Tech that poses the biggest threat. They’re unhinged, and they want everyone else to be unhinged with them.
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