Twitter will do away - at least temporarily - with its "suggested users" list that highlights some of the most popular Twitterers, the Associated Press is reporting. Though there's no mention of the change on the Twitter blog yet, the AP reports that Twitter plans to overhaul the lists following complaints of bias from the political set.
Names on the suggested user list are selected by company officials. In California, Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls were placed on the list, a move that greatly boosted their number of followers. Republican candidates were left off until recently.
The difference in treatment drew outcries from good government groups and contributed to a decision by the California Fair Political Practices Commission to hold hearings next year. The commission plans to examine whether it needs to regulate how campaigns intersect with social media.
A columnist at PCWorld deplores the action, saying Twitter has the right to create any list it wants to. Other thoughts?