Twitter isn’t simply extra favorable to the left — it’s wildly extra supportive. The corporate’s trend-setting Twitter Moments account gave massively extra favorable consideration to the Democrat Nationwide Conference over the Republican conference.
Through the RNC and the DNC conventions, Twitter Moments posts had been 5 occasions extra favorable towards the Democrats than they had been to Republicans. In the identical trend, Twitter Moments featured eight occasions extra unfavourable tweets in regards to the RNC than they did in regards to the DNC. These included entire moments devoted to easily fact-checking statements made by President Donald Trump throughout his nomination acceptance speech.
The Media Analysis Heart checked out 23 Twitter Moments centered on the RNC, and 28 Twitter Moments centered on the DNC. The tweets featured within the Moments that had been solely video clips, quotes, or easy statements of truth had been labeled as “impartial,” whatever the supply. Tweets from members of the conventions had been thought-about “biased for,” and tweets that spoke favorably of the conventions. Tweets that highlighted opposition, had been fact-checked, or spoke of the occasions in a unfavourable mild had been thought-about “biased in opposition to.” Total, 1,108 tweets had been examined.
A number of the unfavourable tweets in opposition to the RNC included a tweet from NPR which tried to refute an announcement made by the widow of the fallen police captain David Dorn. The tweet stated, “The daughter of slain police captain David Dorn criticized his widow for utilizing his demise to advertise Trump on the #RNC, telling The St. Louis American: ‘He wouldn’t need his legacy to be for his demise for use to additional Trump’s law-and-order agenda.’”
In the meantime, High Chef host Padma Lakshmi was featured as saying about Senator Kamala Harris, “I actually have tears in my eyes. @KamalaHarris simply stated “chithis” which implies auntie. My coronary heart is so full proper now.”
Fifty-nine p.c of the tweets in regards to the DNC had been optimistic in nature, whereas solely 4.6 p.c of the tweets may very well be thought-about unfavourable or biased in opposition to. In distinction, 42.8 p.c of the tweets in regards to the RNC had been biased in opposition to the occasion, whereas solely 12 p.c had been biased for the occasion.
Twitter Moments describes itself as “The most effective of what’s taking place on Twitter immediately.” The outline of how the Twitter Moments are curated in fact implies that there is no such thing as a bias within the number of featured tweets. “Moments is designed to spotlight outstanding content material on Twitter. They need to attraction to a broad viewers, and the content material ought to be acceptable for all elements of the Twitter group,” writes the blog post. Those that curate the Twitter Moments “shouldn’t advance their very own viewpoints, however moderately mirror the dialogue because it seems on our platform.”
Protection of the DNC sparkled. A number of the Twitter Moments had been speckled with messages from random supporters, who stated issues like, “I’m totally having fun with the #DNC conference! Wuth the exception of Keynote Speaker & candidate’s acceptance speech, I not often watched the pep rallies previously. I favor the #Zoom format.”
Compared, one would suppose Twitter was at warfare with Republicans, based mostly on Twitter Moments’ protection. A complete Moment was devoted to CNN’s fact-checking reporter Daniel Dale and his tv look the place he fact-checked Trump. There have been no Trump supporters whose tweets had been featured in Twitter Moments. It appeared that was solely given to the DNC Twitter Moments.
The DNC Twitter Moments didn’t characteristic many fact-checks of the occasions or the statements made by Democratic politicians. As a substitute, it featured a Twitter Moment which fact-checked Republicans.
Ten tweets from former Vice President Joe Biden had been featured within the DNC’s Twitter Moments, whereas solely two tweets from Trump had been featured within the RNC’s Twitter Moments.
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