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On Twitter, 98.7% for Democrats, 1.3% for Republicans: The reasons for Big Tech's leftist bias

Manifestantes pedem a saída do então presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, e de seu vice-presidente, Mike Pence, em frente à sede do Twitter em San Francisco, Califórnia, EUA, no dia 06 de novembro de 2020.

Protesters call for the departure of then US President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence in front of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA, on the day 06 of November 2020.

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One day after the purchase of Twitter by South African billionaire Elon Musk, the social network’s management called for a meeting with all of its more than five thousand employees. Leaked audios published by Project Veritas (a North American group that tries to expose the progressive bias in the press) reveal that the day after the agreement there were many manifestations of discontent with the acquisition. There are reports that executives linked to “content moderation” have come to tears, including Vijaya Gadde, a lawyer who is named as the main name behind the censorship of the New York Post’s account for having published correct information about a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden. , son of the president, at the time of the campaign for the last American presidential elections. There are indications that Hunter used his father’s name for influence peddling. Vijaya would have also been the main mind behind the decision to ban former US President Donald Trump from the social network.

Why the weeping and gnashing of teeth? One factor in this is that Elon Musk doesn’t fit the dominant ideology among Twitter employees. He criticizes the “far left” and the “far right”. However, with serious opinions and “memes” (jokes usually based on images), he also criticizes the increasingly popular identity among progressives, the majority within Twitter. For example, after it was revealed that his rival Microsoft’s Bill Gates tried to bet against electric car maker Tesla (headed by Elon) on the stock market, the South African responded with a tweet comparing Bill to the new man emoji. pregnant. For another joke involving a transsexual, Twitter had suspended the account of the satirical site Babylon Bee.

Sensitive interpretations of this kind of humor on the part of identity progressives often lead to accusations of “transphobia” (prejudice against transsexuals), which, like other perceived or actual prejudices, a growing progressive consensus holds that it is beyond the limits of freedom of expression. expression. In contrast, Elon defends that Twitter has freedom of expression as provided by law, which thwarts censorship plans with the excuse of defending the “oppressed”, and he was a critic of the authoritarian policies of the pandemic made in the name of security.

Although there are some employees excited about Twitter’s new direction under the baton from the eccentric billionaire, the negative and even emotional responses come as no great surprise. In a survey conducted in 2018, before the US midterm elections, the Center for Responsive Policy investigated donations made to the campaign of Democratic (more progressive or pro-state income redistribution) or Republican (more conservative and pro-free market) candidates among employees of 05 large technology companies. Of the money donated by Twitter employees, 98, 7% went to Democratic candidates. This political imbalance is second only to that of Netflix employee donations: 97 .6% for Democrats. The pattern of favoring this party follows in other companies: 97 .5% on Apple, 91% on Google, 50, 5% on Facebook, 94, 7% at Microsoft, 89, 3% on Amazon and 33,5% on Uber.

In none of the other companies investigated was there a greater share of donations to the Republican party. The maximum observed in the proportion of donations was 18,9% at Oracle, 18,5% at Intel and 20% at HP. This distribution already gives evidence of the reasons for the disproportion.

In 2017, software engineer James Damore was fired for writing an internal memo discussing scientific evidence of a gender difference in preferences . He was encouraged by superiors and the company culture, which is famous for cultivating an open and informal culture among employees, who must “bring their whole being to work”.

James was opposed to practices that were already happening at the time, of quotas for women in certain jobs within technology that are naturally less interesting to them as a group (interested would be rarer among women than men). The consequence of this is that the parity dream of 50% for each sex ends in injustice. Upon being fired, James was accused of sexism by Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai.

In the memo, the engineer makes a brief discussion of personality differences between men and women that would make it more common for women to be interested in the part of information technology that deals with the user interface, called “ front end03175827”, while among men it would be more There is a common interest in heavy programming and closer to the hardware, known as “back end”. Companies like Oracle, Intel and HP are known for their greater emphasis on back end than in front end, while the opposite is true on Twitter and Facebook.

It is possible that the rejection of Elon Musk is not just a matter of politics, but a matter of politics and sex: he is rejected more by women than by men. As progressivism is more attractive to a certain part of women, as it uses a rhetoric of care, rescue and empathy (even if the practical results indicate the opposite, as in the case of abortion), the political squabble can end in a sexual squabble.

James Damore, whose frankness on a socially sensitive subject could be explained at least in part because he has Asperger’s syndrome (a mild form of autism), he has faced a furious cancellation involving even the most progressive scientists who study these issues of sex and behavior. But professionals like Felipe Novaes, a doctor in psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, echo Damore’s general message: “It is very likely that people in Silicon Valley are more open to new experiences, which facilitates adherence to agendas progressive”, Felipe told the report.

Openness to new experiences is one of the five factors of one of the most well-established scientific models of personality, the “Big Five” (something like “The Big Five”). “Academics and other professionals used to earning a living with their intellect tend to have a more open personality, and perhaps the educational process they go through stimulates an even greater openness, as they learn to be guided by rationality and question traditions”, adds the professor. Dr. news He speculates why, too, autistic people like James Damore are drawn to the area: “Many people connected to technology have been socially maladjusted. I have the impression that they tend more than others to want to reform society, habits, customs, so that the world becomes more inviting for them.”

About 10% of men and women do not have personality traits that differ from each other, they are at the intersection of one sex and the other in this regard. One of the biggest known differences of interest between men and women is that they prefer to work with “things” (inanimate objects, systems, etc.) and they prefer to work with people and care. Personality traits also vary between progressives and conservatives: the former are more open to new experiences, the latter are more conscientious (another of the “big five” with regard to being a disciplined, punctual and organized person).

The study of personality, the difference between the sexes and how these differences are treated in political ideologies that interpret them in radically different ways (to the point of even denying them, among more radical progressives) will give the best answers as to why big tech companies, academia, Hollywood and Silicon Valley are the way they are. Their low diversity of thought is not a scientifically intractable issue.

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