The Washington Times reports that some are alleging that Twitter is being partisan in its suggested users feature.
When people sign up for Twitter, the popular social-networking site presents a list of suggested users to follow, driving significant traffic to sports figures, celebrities, politicians and other prominent posters.
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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is on the suggested-user list and has 1.2 million followers. His likely opponent for the Democratic nomination, Attorney General Jerry Brown, has 960,000 followers, even though he is not a declared candidate and has posted the fewest Tweets of all the gubernatorial hopefuls.
None of the three Republican candidates is on the list, and all have fewer than 5,000 followers.
“It’s a dumb move,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, an independent, nonpartisan think tank in Los Angeles. “Somebody should have been thinking that it’s pretty obvious you don’t put just the Democrats on it.”