Twitter is on a mission to rid its platform of “intolerance” and “incivility.” But it’s doing it in a way guaranteed to anger conservatives.
Based on the academics the site chose to partner with, those two terms will most likely only apply to the right. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the partnerships on July 30, saying that “Our first goal is the measure the ‘health’ of public conversation, and that measurement be open and defined by third parties.”
Twitter announced it had partnered with two separate groups. The first included: Dr. Rebekah Tromble, assistant professor of Political Science at Leiden University, Dr. Michael Meffert of Leiden, Dr. Patricia Rossini and Dr. Jennifer Stromer-Galley at Syracuse, Dr. Nava Tintarev at Delft University of Technology and Dr. Dirk Hovy at Bocconi University. It also partnered with Professor Miles Hewstone at The University of Oxford, Dr. John Gallacher, and Dr. Marc Heerdink at the University of Amsterdam.
However, Twitter conveniently chose “third parties” that were incredibly skewed to the left, at least for the first group of researchers.
That group included three openly liberal “experts.” Dr. Patricia Rossini tweeted out from her account back in 2016: “summarizing tonight: hate hate hate WALL hate hate hate LGBTQ hate hate hate BAN IMMIGRATION hate hate hate LAW&ORDER #RNCinCLE.” She also praised former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for an interview she did, saying “I'm stunned by this interview with @HillaryClinton and her very straightforward evaluation of Trump's presidency.”
Rossini tweeted out in her announcement of the partnership with Twitter that, “My primary focus will be the development of incivility and intolerance metrics.”
Ironic, considering that she implied on Twitter that President Trump was an idiot.
Tromble, assistant professor of Political Science at Leiden University, also betrayed her political leanings on Twitter, stating that “Intolerance threatens democratic norms.” She re-tweeted Democrat Socialist nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and cited a story from ProPublica, funded by George Soros, in one of her tweets as well.
In the official Twitter announcement of the partnership, Director of Product Management David Gasca and Legal Lead Vijaya Gadde wrote that “Partnering with outside experts who can provide thoughtful analysis, external perspective, and rigorous review is the best way to measure our work and stay accountable to those who use Twitter.”
Just make sure those “experts” fall on the right side of the political spectrum, right?