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Social Media Giant Twitter Imposes Secret Political 'Shadow-Bans'

January 12th 2018

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According to a Project Veritas investigation, Pranay Singh of social-media platform Twitter admitted to banning mass numbers of Twitter accounts that show an interest in guns, God, and America. Singh, who serves as a direct-messaging engineer for Twitter, said on video: “Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like, guns, God, ‘Merica, and with the American flag and the cross,” declared Singh, who was secretly recorded by Project Veritas reporters. “Like, who says that? Who talks like that? It’s for sure a bot.”

When the Project Veritas investigator asked Singh whether it is possible to eliminate accounts, Singh answered, “Yeah. You just delete them, but, like, the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you’ve got to, like, write algorithms that do it for you.”

The Project Veritas investigator asked, “So if there’s like ‘American, guns,’ [in the account bio] can you write an algorithm to just take all those people out?” Singh replied, “Umm, yeah, it’s actually how we do it,” Singh replied. “You look for ‘Trump,’ or ‘America,’ or any of, like, five thousand, like, keywords to describe a redneck, and then you look, and you parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then look for stuff that matches that stuff… You assign a value to each thing, so like Trump would be .5, a picture of a gun would be like 1.5, and if the total comes up above a certain value, then it’s a bot.”

When Singh was asked whether the “majority of the algorithms” are “against conservatives or liberals,” he responded, “I would say a majority of it are for Republicans, because they’re all from Russia, and they wanted Trump to win.”

The reporter asked: “So you would mostly just get rid of conservatives?”

Singh replied, “Yeah.”

During the Project Veritas investigation, other current and former Twitter employees revealed Twitter’s efforts at censorship. Some admittedly engaged in “shadow banning” the accounts of President Trump supporters, conservatives, and “shitty people.” Shadow banning can be defined as the banning of Twitter users without their knowledge. Shadow-banned users are removed from the public eye, so other Twitter users can neither see nor interact with them. Because shadow-banned users are unaware of the shadow-ban, they will not understand why their posts suddenly receive no engagement.

Conservative organizations and websites have complained that Twitter, as well as other social media such as YouTube (which is owned by Google) show a bias against them.


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