Project Veritas uncovered some disturbing truths about Twitter and its employees in a series of undercover interviews.
Twitter employees are biased.
In the group’s latest investigation published on their YouTube channel yesterday, undercover reporters discussed “shadow banning” with Twitter employees who admitted to purposely censoring conservatives and Trump supporters on Twitter. “Ghosting” or “shadow banning” a user or publication is essentially blocking their content from ever being viewed by a wider audience.
Block. Mute. Prioritize.
One employee in the investigation admitted to using 5,000 keywords and an advanced set of algorithms much like blanketed filters that sort through large amounts of date — meaning tweets — and essentially muted the tweets that display support for President Trump and conservative ideas.
“They don’t know they’ve been banned.”
“The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned,” said Abhinav Vadrevu, a former software engineer at Twitter, “because they keep posting, but no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content when in reality, no one is seeing it.”
Content creators, users, and publishers are never notified if they’ve been muted or banned by Twitter. If you’ve been muted by Twitter, your followers can still view your content, but it won’t come up in search results or anywhere else on Twitter. In the video, another employee admits that abuse of power at Twitter “is a thing” when referring to whether employees purposely mute conservatives.
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