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Elon Musk’s Twitter pushes hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages

By Faiz Siddiqui and Jeremy B. Merrill

30 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Twitter's "For You" page is meant to show users content they might like. However, in this Washington Post exclusive, we discover that the site's algorithm is amplifying hate speech.

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is amplifying hate speech in its "For You" timeline, an unintended side effect of an algorithm that is supposed to show users more of what they want.

According to a Washington Post analysis of Twitter's recommendation algorithm, accounts that followed "extremists" - hate-promoting accounts identified in a list provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center - were subjected to a mix of other racist and incendiary speech. That included tweets from a self-proclaimed Nazi, for example, a user the account did not follow.

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