Twitter’s open source code reveals US government can ‘intervene’ with recommendation algorithm

On Friday, Twitter released the recommendation algorithm portion of its code by publishing it on GitHub, where developers post open source software data. Developer Steven Tey dug into the code and found that there is a mechanism through which the US government can “intervene” with the code.

“When needed, the government can intervene with the Twitter algorithm,” Tey wrote. “In fact, @TwitterEng (Twitter Engineering) even has a class for it – ‘GovernmentRequested.'”


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