Tech giant Twitter very clearly “manipulated the algorithm” to push down any tweets related to Donald Trump’s CPAC speech, according to Sky News contributor Daisy Cousens.
Mr Trump spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday (local time) in a much-anticipated appearance marking his first address since President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
In the speech he hinted at a potential run for president in 2024, while also slamming President Biden and “weak” Republicans. Ms Cousens said the president was extremely popular after the CPAC address which was evident by the “hundreds of thousands of people tweeting about it”.
Despite the large amount of traffic relating to the president, many of the Trump-related terms which were trending were quickly replaced with trends relating to the golden globes. “The trends only had a couple of thousand tweets attached to them in a lot of cases,” Ms Cousens said.
“The actor Jeff Daniels was trending well above anything associated with Trump and he had 1700 tweets attached to him. “So it was very very clear that Twitter was manipulating the algorithm and manipulating the tweets – which they do – to push down anything related to Trump and to push up anything kind of commercial.”