Dems Poke Fun at Ted Cruz on Twitter Over Latest Claim of Social Media Bias

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz is angry that Twitter suggested tweets from his colleagues and used it as part of his argument that the social media platform is biased against conservatives. Democratic members of Congress are shaking their heads.

“Is it just me or is there something REALLY wrong with Twitter’s algorithms?” Cruz tweeted Sunday.  “Because I follow Steve Scalise and several other GOP members of Congress, I get recommended tweets from Ted Deutch … Sheldon Whitehouse … Steve Cohen … Chuck Schumer … and Chris Murphy?”

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii replied simply, “Could be they are all members of Congress?”

The simple explanation didn’t cut it for Cruz. He fired back at his fellow senator and claimed that “Twitter only does this in one DIRECTION,” and then placed a bet that he would have no Republican lawmakers in his suggested tweets.

Schatz checked and had several Republican lawmakers suggested, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. “I think, no snark, it’s just ‘you like following politicians, here are some more politicians,'” Schatz wrote.

Cruz didn’t reply.

While Schatz provided a calm, “no snark” explanation, other Democratic lawmakers didn’t have the same patience.

“There must be a strike force of Twitter employees whose sole job is to mess with Senator Cruz,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted. “Another explanation is that Twitter figures out possible relations between users, since the below are all in Congress or tweet about politics. But that explanation is so boring.”

Cruz does interact with Democrats quite frequently on the platform. Hours before Cruz complained of bias, the senator quote-tweeted Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Last week, Cruz had a friendly Twitter back-and-forth with Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cruz also already follows a number of his Democratic colleagues, such as Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) used the tweet as an opportunity to ask for a follow himself.

“I don’t know Ted, personally I don’t want algorithms that send me to only people I totally agree with,” he tweeted Sunday. “Why don’t you just follow me – I swear my feed is like 20% gun control 80% funny cat videos.”

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Justme51
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Justme51

Republicans are alway the victims.

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Ted, like many Republicans, such as Steve King, is confused how the Internet works.

Of course, he has to cry conspiracy at the get-go rather than educate himself.

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