writes "Is Twitter censoring the #Wikileaks hashtag, or is it just falling through the algorithmic cracks? bubbloy presents evidence that #Wikileaks has been just as popular as #Inception, yet it is nowhere to be seen in Trends. Student Activism presents a similar case. An apparent post from a Twitter employee states that
Hi – I work at Twitter on trends and other projects. Twitter hasn’t modified trends in any way to help or prevent wikileaks from trending. #cablegate was trending last weekend and various terms around this issue have trended in different regions over the past week. Trends isn’t just about volume of a term but also the diversity of people and tweets about a term and looking for organic volume increases above the norm. I hope this helps.
The fact that #cablegate shows up could mean that no foul play is at hand; however it is also possible that while Trends can be rigged against a hashtag like #wikileaks it would be more difficult to predict a hashtag like #cablegate."