Twitter Favors Hillary Clinton, Candidate Exclusively Featured on Twitter’s Home Page
Screen grab taken at 11:20 a.m. ET, July 13, 2015 shows Hillary Clinton campaign tweet in the middle of the top row on Twitter home page between “Latino artists” and “General news sources.” The tweet promotes Clinton’s economic policies.
Twitter recently changed its home page to feature tweets from various subjects and themes. One subject regularly featured at the top of the home page is the category, “Politicians parties and pundits.”
The page is aligned with three featured tweets across a row. Scrolling down reveals more rows of three on different subjects and themes.
There is randomness to what turns up in each subject category except for the “Politicians, parties and pundits.”
It was noticed that tweets from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign account were regularly and almost exclusively featured at the top of the Twitter homepage when the “Politicians, parties and pundits” category was featured in the top row during random visits. The exception was one tweet by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz that was seen featured one time.
Screen grab taken at 6:11 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2015 shows Hillary Clinton campaign tweet on top right of top row on Twitter homepage alongside “Journalists & pundits” and “General news sources.” The tweet promotes Clinton defending workers from Republicans.
An study was conducted Monday to see if Twitter was indeed favoring Hillary Clinton. Seven times the Twitter home page was brought up to log in to Twitter and all seven times Hillary Clinton was featured in the top line. One time was in the late morning, five times was in the 6 o’clock hour and one around 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
There are a total of twenty-one major and third party candidates according to Ballotpedia: Five declared Democratic presidential candidates, fifteen declared Republican presidential candidates and one declared Green Party presidential candidate.
Screen grab taken at 6:22 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2015 shows Hillary Clinton campaign tweet on top right of top row on Twitter homepage alongside “Journalists & pundits” and “General news sources.” The tweet shows Clinton speaking before the illegal alien lobbying group La Raza with a message attacking Republican rival Donald Trump.
Additional screen grabs taken at 6:14 p.m., 6:47 p.m., 6:59 p.m. and 9:02 p.m. show the same Clinton tweet attacking Donald Trump in the top right position of the top row alongside “Journalists & pundits” and “General news sources.”
The odds that one candidate out of twenty-one would come up seven times in a row are extremely high, making it appear that Twitter is favoring Hillary Clinton with free advertising in a featured spot on its home page to the detriment of the twenty other major and third party candidates. There is no mention that the placement is a paid advertisement.
A review showed every presidential candidate from the Green, Democrat and Republican parties has a Twitter page.
Green Party: Jill Stein
Republicans: Scott Walker; Donald Trump; Rick Santorum; Marco Rubio; Rick Perry; Rand Paul; George Pataki; Bobby Jindal; Mike Huckabee; Lindsey Graham; Carly Fiorina; Ted Cruz; Chris Christie; Ben Carson and Jeb Bush.
UPDATE: Opening Twitter’s home page at 1:51 p.m. EDT on Tuesday showed Hillary Clinton’s campaign account front and center on the top row between “Industry news, film critics & festivals” and “Journalists & pundits.”
That makes eight times in succession that Twitter has promoted the Hillary Clinton campaign over all twenty other major candidates. The tweet by Clinton’s campaign promoted her economic policies.