Final update. A poster pointed to a Daily Koss Diary, which took me straight to this story at Politico. Here is a direct quote from the article:
Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson .
This is quite a troubling article and offers a historic example in the United States. It is worth your time to read it, and at this point we should score this as quite probable that something like this is occurring.
Update 2: A member of twitter just gave an explanation for why they think this is happening. We just report on this as social media observers.
Santa Rosa 4 Bernie Retweeted Hailey Colegrove
Update, 22:02 PM, #WhichHillary is back at trending in San Diego.
San Diego Trends
- The 1975
- Tony Burton
- Zodiac Killer
For comparison this is the general trends curated by twitter.
Feb 25, 2016 (San Diego) If true, we have seen this in the past. The #somos132 was censored, and by censored we mean taken off trending maps by twitter. Now users at Twitter are claiming this is happening to #WhichHillary.
Here, a sample of tweets.
Dr. Clio Retweeted
#WhichHillary campaign staffer admits #whichhillarycensored Twitter to stop people from talking about her record https://twitter.com/PittsBern/status/703060341710716928 …
We did check the trend maps ourselves and the hashtag has indeed gone missing. The activity on it has not though and one of the theories is that this was done in prime time to reduce or suppress activity by posters. Given the hashtag has appeared on many media publications, that might be a fools errand. That said, this problematic on it’s own.