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The event illustrates how TikTok’s algorithms can make mass political communication more accessible, but it is still no democratic utopia.

Over the summer, I crunched the numbers on about 80,000 TikTok videos pertaining to the prank on Trump’s re-election rally in Tulsa. My main interest was understanding how TikTok’s algorithms may have played a role in promoting the prank. This post summarizes findings from my workshop research paper, which was presented at the RecSys 2020 workshop on responsible recommendation.

Background

Why did the Trump administration want to ban TikTok? A few weeks ago, the app seemed to be days away from its death. …

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Jack Bandy

PhD student studying AI, ethics, and media. Trying to share things I learn in plain english. 🐦 @jackbandy

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