Twitter is in some hot water in California, after the Center for Governmental Studies realized the popular social networking site was suggesting members of the Democratic Party, who are expected to run for California’s governor next year, over the Republican Party candidates. When someone signs up for Twitter, the company suggests certain celebrities, politicians and other high profiled citizens for new users to follow. A random list of 20 out of the 500 high profiled users is shown and users can choose to follow as many or as few of those recommendations.
Some of those 500 high profiled recommended users include San Fransisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who both have either announced or expressed interest in running for California Governor next year on the Democratic ticket. The two, both have a huge following, as Newsom has over 1.2 million followers, while Brown has close to 966,000 followers. Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner, and Tom Campbell who are all plan on running for governor on the Republican ticket are not suggested users and all have under 4,500 followers. (more…)