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Twitter Admits It Tried to Help Hillary Win Presidential Election

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There’s been a lot of moaning lately about how social media has been abused in the democratic process.

And, more often than not, it’s liberals who are complaining about supposedly “fake news” being propagated by conservatives to discredit liberal candidates.

Oh, but irony of ironies, it turns out that one of the biggest and most respected social media platforms on the planet was, in fact, serving the liberal agenda in a very proactive manner.

We’re not just talking about the spread of questionable reports. We’re talking about direct manipulation of what people do and don’t see.

Hiding the facts from the voters. That’s what Twitter now admits it was doing during the last two months of the presidential election.

On Twitter, groups of people will use hashtags to mark specific posts so that others interested in that particular topic can see all that’s being said on it.

For instance, when the DNC email servers were hacked and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails were leaked just weeks before the election, Twitter users tagged posts dealing with that issue with the hashtag #DNCLeak.

But Twitter introduced code into its system to purposefully hide any posts tagged #DNCLeak from those using the platform’s search feature.

As Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett admitted in a written confession to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Approximately one quarter (25%) of #PodestaEmails tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches.

“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.”

Talk about election tampering and interference.

You know, fake news isn’t only about spreading false information. It’s also about withholding the truth from the public at large.

It’s as much about what you DON’T report as what you do.

Source: The Daily Caller

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