ELON MUSK’s TWITTER FILES REVEAL SOVIET-STYLE SECRET BLACKLISTS OF PEOPLE THAT INVOLVE “TRENDS SHUTDOWN,” “SEARCH SHUTDOWN,” OR “DO NOT AMPLIFY SHUTDOWN.” Many Christian ministers and conservatives suspected this was happening
Twitter kept secret blacklists of conservatives, according to new information published as part of “The Twitter Files,” confirming longstanding conservative complaints. The detail and organization of Twitter’s blacklist system went far beyond what anyone had imagined, with individualized blacklist profiles for a wide array of public voices, specifying whether the figure was on the “Trends Blacklist,” “Search Blacklist,” or on the “Do Not Amplify” list, among others.
New owner Elon Musk has gradually publicized the social media giant’s misdeeds as he has uncovered them, granting credible but canceled reporters exclusive access to publish the findings on Twitter. The latest discoveries were published by liberal reporter Bari Weiss, founder and editor of The Free Press, and a former New York Times editor who was pushed out after the paper renounced its publication of an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). (She had complained, “Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor.” Yet two years later, while the now-freelance Weiss was getting a huge exclusive scoop on the social media site her coworkers had used to cancel her, they were picketing their own employer.)
“A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics — all in secret, without informing users,” wrote Weiss.
Among the secretly censored accounts was that of Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, “who argued that Covid lockdowns would harm children,” Weiss summarized. “Twitter secretly placed him on a ‘Trends Blacklist,’ which prevented his tweets from trending.” To reinforce the illusion that expert consensus supported the lockdown policies, Twitter had to deliberately suppress dissenting experts, like this respected professor with 240,000 followers, who appeared often on “Washington Watch” to get his message out. Two years later, history has incontrovertibly vindicated him.
Twitter moderators had a wide variety of tools to hide conservative opinions from users. A popular talk-show host made it onto the “Search Blacklist,” while another conservative activist made the “Do Not Amplify” list.
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THE TWITTER FILES PART 2: SOVIET-STYLE “SECRET BLACKLISTS” AND SHADOW-BANS OF CONSERVATIVES EXPOSED
The release of the controversial “Twitter Files” continues, confirming the previous left-wing agenda of the social media giant. The latest evidence reveals how conservatives were shadow-banned from the site despite not violating any rules or policies.
Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk continues his work to overhaul the site and is now uncovering the lengths former executives went to censor and block conservatives on the platform in surreptitious ways.
A new series of tweets published by former NY Times Editor Bari Weiss confirms that Twitter had a series of “secret blacklists”, which gave executives the capability of shutting down a person’s profile, even if they did not violate community standards.
“Teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users,” Weiss explained.
Weiss shared that Twitter shadow-banned or blocked a person’s tweets or trending themes to minimize their reach – without the users’ knowledge.
One engineer told her, “We control visibility quite a bit. And we control the amplification of your content quite a bit. And normal people do not know how much we do.”
Weiss adds that two additional Twitter employees confirmed that statement.
Weiss claimed former executives Vijaya Gadde, Yoel Roth, and subsequent CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal were aware of the practice.
“Twitter denied that it does such things. In 2018, Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (then Head of Legal Policy and Trust) and Kayvon Beykpour (Head of Product) said: “We do not shadow ban.” They added: “And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology,” she wrote.
But in effect, that’s exactly what they did, using what employees called “visibility filtering.”
“Think about visibility filtering as being a way for us to suppress what people see to different levels. It’s a very powerful tool,” one senior Twitter employee told Weiss’ new publication, The Free Press.
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