“Free speech absolutist” Elon Musk’s Twitter algorithm has been heavily suppressing any topic regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine, downranking it with the same vehemence as toxic, violent, or hate content on the platform, according to an analysis of the Twitter source code. This forced head in the sand for all Twitter users conforms to Musk’s previous statements he fears any escalation of the conflict would bring about “WWIII.”
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Over the weekend, Aakash Gupta, a product manager who has worked at major tech firms including Google and Epic Games, posted a lengthy dive into the Twitter recommendation source code. Twitter owner Musk had published the code late last week, though only after parts of the codebase had been leaked onto GitHub.
The analysis conducted by Gupta and other twitter users mentions anything listed under a “do not amplify” means it received a “huge deboost.” Any topic under the list gets squashed in rankings, and needs “tremendous counter evidence to …