facing accusations of anti-conservative bias, has hired some academics
to study “healthy conversations” on the social media site — and most of
them are publicly anti-Trump, Fox
Out of a group of
six academics who are tasked with studying social media political “echo
chambers,” four of them have posted tweets that are blatantly against
Twitter’s actions continue to be concerning for conservatives,”
Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel told Fox News. “If Twitter wants
to restore healthy conversations, they should start by talking with
Americans outside of their bubble.”
is Twitter doing?
Twitter is trying
to examine and improve upon the increasingly polarized and hostile
environment in which political discussions take place.
“In the context
of growing political polarization, the spread of misinformation, and
increases in incivility and intolerance, it is clear that if we are
going to effectively evaluate and address some of the most difficult
challenges arising on social media, academic researchers and tech
companies will need to work together much more closely,” said Rebekah
Tromble, one of the hired researchers.
did the anti-Trump people say?
several other researchers have posted tweets expressing their dislike of
Trump. Some excerpts:
down on his commitment to white nationalists,” Tromble tweeted last year
after the Charlottesville rally that ended violently. “They’re just
about all he’s got left. Bannon ain’t goin nowhere.”
“01/20/2017 – the
day reasonable americans will flea (sic) to nearly any country that will
take them if trump wins. #RNCinCLE,” Patricia Rossini tweeted during the
Low informed voters go for Trump,” tweeted Jenny Stromer-Galley, linking
to a Washington Post article on the afternoon of Election Day 2016.
‘care’ don’t really work in the same sentence do they?” wrote Nava
Tintarev of Holland, referring to Trump’s healthcare efforts. “Keeping
you in my thought today ‘merica. Maybe Senate will block it.”
proposals were selected from more than 230 submissions from around the
world because of their inexperience and the rigorous academic standards
of their work,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email to Fox News. “The
abuse and harassment the lead female researchers are receiving is
exactly why this work is important.”
emphasized that the researchers would not be doing work related to bias,
but only evaluating communication.