News broke this week that Twitter is deliberately “shadow banning” leading Republicans while helping out Democrats. Word quickly spread, outraging millions of users. Now, President Donald Trump has spoken out.
Vice News released a bombshell report that will surprise none of you. For a very long time, many conservatives have felt discriminated against online. Major social media platforms seem to be suppressing their posts. From YouTube to Facebook to Twitter, once prominent conservatives found their viewers and impact declining.
This all happened after the election of Donald Trump. It seemed that these liberal-owned social sites panicked. Few people follow the mainstream media anymore — the left’s main propaganda arm. So much is happening online, it might very well affect elections. After all, Donald Trump expertly used social media to reach voters (even Mark Zuckerberg thanked him for that).
Soon after the election, things began to change. Social networks “tweaked” their algorithms on the presumption they were cracking down on fake news. Instead, conservatives were all but silenced.
This was particularly bad on Twitter, who started openly banning conservatives. Notable Trump supporters, like Milo Yiannopoulous, were kicked off the platform after being framed for breaking the rules. Many others — from top conservatives to everyday patriots — found that nobody was seeing their posts. It’s a practice known as shadow banning.
Twitter denied this, of course. The left pretended it didn’t exist until news outlet Vice broke the story.
Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results — a technique known as “shadow banning” — in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.
The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar. [Source: Vice News]
Vice also revealed that Democrats were not being shadow banned in the same way. DNC chair Tom Perez and other liberals — like unhinged psycho Maxine Waters — appear prominently on the social network.
Now, thanks to one liberal outlets’ story, people suddenly care about Twitter’s abusive practices. For almost two years, conservatives have been complaining. But only after Vice “broke” the story, has the wider media spectrum started to talk about it.
It has finally reached the White House — where Donald Trump made a big promise.
President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to investigate Twitter for their practice of “shadow banning” Republicans and conservatives.
“Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Many complaints.”
Breitbart News has covered Twitter’s practice of hiding tweets and accounts of conservatives for over a year. On Monday, Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari reported on Twitter’s latest “shadow ban” attempt on his account and other Breitbart News reporters as well as prominent Republicans. Recently, left-leaning outlets have also reported on the issue. [Source: Breitbart]
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
President Trump most likely hasn’t suffered from Twitter’s shadow ban. That kind of move would have been too obvious. Twitter, like other liberal rats, has to be somewhat subtle in the ways they censor conservatives. They have to target visible, but not super-famous, conservatives, thus eroding our influence online. The fact is more and more people are joining the right. They have grown sick of the left’s radical platform.
Twitter had no choice but to slow this movement. But they couldn’t just ban Ronna McDaniel. Despite what the left says, we aren’t racists. McDaniel and other conservatives aren’t spewing hateful rhetoric (unlike Maxine Waters). So Twitter simply hid her account, so new followers wouldn’t find her.
Welcome to 1984, folks.
Now that Donald Trump is speaking out about this issue, expect things to change. When you have one of the most-visible users on Twitter confronting the issue (who is also the most powerful man in the world), things will happen. Twitter won’t be too pleased if the President of the United States is calling them to task for how they treat conservatives.
Already, the word is spreading that Twitter has “corrected” the error. But much more has to be done to ensure social networks don’t discriminate against conservatives.