A few things to note:
- It’s baked into the algorithm that Elmo’s tweets automatically get boosted. the-algorithm/HomeTweetTypePredicates.scala at main · twitter/the-algorithm · GitHub
- Immediately below that is where they automatically boost “Democrats” and “Republicans”. I’m not sure how they determine who belongs to which group.
- Elmo could have simply deleted the code that boosts his own tweets before releasing, but he didn’t. Is that radical transparency, or ineptitude? I’m not saying which I believe.
- This is obviously a dump and forget form of OSS. There’s no way to build this code and there’s no data (even mock data would be fine), so there’s no way to run it either. So, this is an interesting snapshot in time, but it will be useless in 6 months.