Twitter Absolutely Not Blocking WikiLeaks Trends

first_imgIn a post titled “To Trend or Not to Trend,” Twitter yesterday addressed concerns that it was blocking WikiLeaks-related trends, including the hashtags #wikileaks and #cablegate. Not only is the microblogging service not blocking the content, “some of these terms, including #wikileaks and #cablegate, have previously trended either worldwide or in specific locations.”Twitter’s Carolyn Penner took the opportunity to break down the science of with a Justin Bieber trends, while a WikiLeaks doesn’t. “Twitter Trends are automatically generated by an algorithm that attempts to identify topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously,” wrote Penner. “The Trends list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world, in real-time. The Trends list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.”AdChoices广告The inability to break into Trending Topics is often do to the fact that a given topic just isn’t as popular as people seem to think, Penner added. That’s not the case in the instance of WikiLeaks, however. Explains, Penner, “sometimes, popular terms don’t make the Trends list because the velocity of conversation isn’t increasing quickly enough, relative to the baseline level of conversation happening on an average day; this is what happened with #wikileaks this week.”last_img read more