Searching ‘racist’ on Twitter brings up Trump as top result

first_imgGreg Sterling, a contributing editor at the website Search Engine Land, said the result suggests that “so many people are using the words ‘racist’ or ‘racism’ to respond to or describe Donald Trump, or there’s a concerted effort to associate Trump’s account with those terms.”Evidently, it is also possible that a large number of supporters defending Trump from charges of racism would also use the word ‘racist’ in their replies. Sterling said Twitter’s ranking algorithm for individual tweets “uses a variety of signals, including how recently the tweet was published, its relevance (personalization), user engagement with the tweet, the presence of rich media (such as video or images) and several other variables.”The analyst noted however that in 2007, a concerted effort known as “Google bombing” was able to manipulate search results for then-president George W. Bush to associate him with the term “miserable failure” on the search engine until the flaw was corrected.Kjerstin Thorson, a Michigan State University politics and social media professor, said it would require a detailed analysis to understand the reasons for the association of Trump and racism.But Thorson said “it’s not unlikely this could be an accurate representation of what people are saying” on Twitter and that bias is probably not a factor.”The platforms have gone out of their way to avoid any appearance of bias,” she said. Analysts said the news suggests Trump opponents, more than critics of any other Twitter account, have been labeling him as racist, although the social media giant itself did not confirm this was the case.Trump has been facing heightened criticism for his comments during protests over police brutality but has always dismissed suggestions that he is racist.  Twitter offered little in the way of explanation, pointing out only that its search algorithms may reflect what is happening on the platform.Trump, in the midst of a heated war with social media over what he claims is bias, recently signed an executive order calling for more oversight of internet platforms, a move which could prove difficult to enforce. US President Donald Trump appears as the first result of suggested accounts when users type “racist” into Twitter’s people search, it emerged Wednesday. The result, reported by the British news outlet The Independent and verified by AFP, highlights the intense discord around the president.Trump has more than 80 million followers, although there is much dispute about how many of them are genuine, active human Twitter users.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indiana’s Best

first_imgHow would you like to coach a team made up of these 5 players?  Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor High School), Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh (Greensburg High School), Indiana’s James Blackmon (Marion), Ohio State’s LaQuan Lyle (Evansville Bosse), and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (Homestead).  As you can see, all 5 of these played their high school ball in Indiana.Two of these players were in Batesville’s regional lineup.  They were Bryant McIntosh and LaQuan Lyle.  Another interesting fact is that most of these still have more than one year of eligibility left.I found a lot of this information from an Indianapolis Star article. It makes it a lot more interesting watching college games when you easily recognize some of the players involved because they played their high school ball in schools near you.  It will be fun watching these athletes play this year, because they all play in our area.last_img read more

Have to wait & see how much cricket we play: Skipper Eoin Morgan

first_imgLONDON: England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan feels players across the world will have to make do with whatever cricket they can play to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be played later this year in Australia.The entire cricket calender has been shredded due to coronavirus pandemic and Morgan believes if the showpiece tournament goes on as per the current schedule, then the players will have to prepare themselves with whatever cricket they can play leading up to the tournament. “For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what’s possible and what might or might not happen,” Morgan told reporters via Zoom as per ESPNCricinfo. “But the news in the last week has been more positive about sport returning than it has been in the previous three weeks. “There was a stage when the idea of playing any sport over the next four or five months seemed impossible, but so long as the options given are government-approved, it seems a lot more likely that there might be some cricket. I’ve not given up yet!” England are currently scheduled to play white-ball series against Australia in July but due to coronavirus, it could well be postponed considering the risks involved. Morgan also stated that Indian Premier League (IPL) would have been the perfect tournament to gear up for the multi-national event Down Under but the 13th edition of the cash-rich league has been postponed indefinitely by the BCCI.”I think if the T20 World Cup goes ahead in the slot that it’s been allocated at the moment, we will have certainly played a limited amount of cricket before then,” Morgan said.”One of the big positives before the outbreak of the virus was that the guys were going to play all of the Pakistan league, all of the IPL, all of the T20 Blast, and get a lot of exposure to T20 cricket in the build-up and hence lots of opportunity for positions. “But I think given the circumstances, we’ll have to wait and see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys’ laps. They’ll have to make the most of them because they are very limited ones at the moment,” he added. IANS Also read: Time has come for me to help grow other leaders, says Faf du PlessisAlso Watch:Tarun Gogoi in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojah only on Sentinel Assamlast_img read more