Critics slam platform for suppressing right-wing commentators

Critics slammed Twitter Thursday after learning the social media platform was reportedly squelching the tweets of right-wing commentators by “blacklisting” their accounts.

Three of the conservatives who were “shadow banned” – or partially censored – by the company according to on the second episode of the “Twitter files”, which the independent journalist Bari Weiss reported on, spoke out against the Vogel app after the news became known.

One of the men, conservative talk show host Dan Bongino, said the revelation proved what he had long suspected.

“We ALWAYS knew we were a target of the Twitter oppression machine. ALWAYS. But liberals insisted it was just another ‘conspiracy theory’.” Bongino tweeted. “Tonight is justification but I expect no apologies from the Liberals. They live to abuse power and they will not apologize for it.”

He later appeared on Fox News to beat the censors.

“These are some Soviet-style cops,” he said.

Weiss revealed that Twitter used multiple methods to censor its right-wing members.
Bari Weiss revealed how Twitter blacklisted conservative users to limit the visibility of their tweets.
bariweiss/Twitter

Meanwhile, Stanford University anti-COVID lockdown advocate Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, also named in Weiss’ report, as handling the news.

“I’m still trying to process my feelings when I found out that @twitter blacklisted me,” he said said on Twitter. “The thought that will keep me awake tonight: Censorship of scientific discussions allowed policies like school closures and a generation of children was hurt.”

He added he was curious as to what role, if any, the government may have played in Twitter’s suppression of COVID policy discussions.

The third blacklisted right-wing activist, Charlie Kirk, said Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey assured him in 2018 that Twitter had not “shadowed” accounts.

Kirk saw engagement drop around the 2020 election and after the Capitol Riot.
Charlie Kirk said Jack Dorsey assured him in 2018 that Twitter was not “shadowing” accounts.
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But then he said he experienced a drop in engagement with his Twitter profile and the loss of 200,000 followers following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in the run-up to the 2020 election — basically overnight.

“We will never know how much damage Twitter censorship of my account and the account of others has done to public discourse, the idea market, my work at TPUSA, or the 2020 presidential election.” Kirk tweeted. “Twitter may be a private company, but that was digital tyranny, period.”

He asked Twitter to publicly release a list of all accounts under attack.

“Twitter should post ALL information about shadowbans publicly [sic], no matter how big or small the goal was,” Kirk said. “Let the truth out.”

Bhattacharya is known for spreading anti-COVID sentiment on Twitter.
The tweets from Dr. Jay Bhattacharya have been suppressed to prevent them from trending.
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Weiss had detailed in a series of posts how Twitter used the so-called “shadow ban” to restrict the visibility of tweets by far-right users.

Twitter has denied using such a tactic.

Republican lawmakers also got involved, patting off the apparent shadow ban.

“Twitter has ‘threat tags’ conservative accounts, just as the FBI has ‘threat tags’ parents who protested at school board meetings, and just like the IRS.” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted.

Right-wing Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene kept her comment on the revelation simple.

Jordan compared Twitter to the IRS.
Jim Jordan said that Twitter tagged conservative accounts with :threat tags:.
AP

“The supervisor is coming,” she said said in a retweet von Weiss’ initial Twitter thread detailing her findings.

Kentucky Assemblyman Thomas Massie also weighed in.

“If the censors on Twitter thought it was moral, they wouldn’t have done it on the sly,” he said tweeted. “This is a window into their arrogant but fragile egos.”

Several Twitter users condemned the alleged lies of Twitter about how they didn’t suppress views of certain accounts.

“Twitter under the previous leadership not only systematically banned and otherwise restricted conservative accounts – they lied about it all the time,” tweeted writer Patrick Casey. “These are the people we should trust as ‘experts’.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/08/twitter-files-critics-slam-platform-over-suppression-of-right-wing-commentators/ Critics slam platform for suppressing right-wing commentators

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