CAUTION: Highly Ironic Situation Below
Anyone on Twitter around the time #OWS first kicked off will remember two very distinct things happening. First, as the protests were in full swing the Occupy Wall Street crowd was upset that their hashtags were not trending on Twitter. Secondly, to add insult to injury the parody hashtag #OWSMovies actually started to trend.
How could this be? Obviously it was a conspiracy to censor the righteous advocates of justice. Well, at least that is what they claimed. After all, they were there, they were dear, and the message wasnt clear. So the #OWS participants stuck with the theory that they were being censored. The proof? A lotof people were saying it.
Oops-Analysis of Twitter Trending Topics Algorithm
Gilad Lotan of Social Flow took on the task of answering the question: “Is Twitter Censoring it’s Trends to exclude #occupywallstreet?” As well as other trending topics.
The simple answer is “NO”. Read Gilad Lotan’s article here But wait, it gets better!!
The best part is that the studies that Lotan cited for proving his own work debunking the claim, came from those right-wing lunatics at studentactivism.net. If you did not catch what I just did there that was called sarcasm.
Lotan needed to look no farther than Angus Johnstons work to debunk the claim that the Occupy Wall Street crowd was being censored on twitter. After all, he handled the same claim concerning Wikileaks. You can find his papers here; (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) So along with being irrational, unwashed, and deranged they are also incorrect about their paranoia. No one is censoring them-and their own ilk proved it with minimal effort.