A top exec at Twitter revealed in a written testimony to the Senate that Twitter has been burying tweets containing the hashtag #DNCLeak and #PodestaEmails, according to The Daily Caller.
48 percent of tweets that included the hashtag #DNCLeak were hidden and 25 percent of tweets including #PodestaEmails were hidden, according to a testimony that general counsel Sean Edgett submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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“APPROXIMATELY ONE QUARTER (25%) OF [#PODESTAEMAILS TWEETS] RECEIVED INTERNAL TAGS FROM OUR AUTOMATION DETECTION SYSTEMS THAT HID THEM FROM SEARCHES,” EDGETT SAID.
He went on to say that “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.”
Apparently, Twitter hid the tweets as part of the company’s “general efforts at the time to fight automation and spam on our platform across all areas.”
Despite their reasoning, only two percent of the tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag came from “potentially Russian-linked accounts.”
This matters because the emails were released by Wikileaks, an anti-secrecy organization that the U.S. intelligence community has concluded obtained them by Russian hackers.
The emails proved damaging to Hillary Clinton and her campaign because they revealed the DNC had fed her questions prior to a debate with opponent Bernie Sanders, amongst other controversial revelations.
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