As you may have read some time back Twitter came under fire for in essence de-legitimizing the account of Breitbart news technical correspondent Milo Yiannopoulos by unverifying his account.
Yiannopoulos was informed via email that due to “recent violations of the Twitter Rules,” the blue tick marking his account as verified by Twitter had been removed. He was not told what rule he had violated, nor if there was any appeal procedure.
Verified Twitter accounts are typically given to well-known figures as a defence against impersonation. They are distinguished from other Twitter accounts by a small blue check mark in the top-right hand corner of a user’s profile.
They apparently have also resorted to using an underhanded method of the classic liberal technique of “starve a story by not reporting on it” called “shadowbanning” with the goal being to take traffic away from people that they deem to be voices for the political right:
Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.
According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritized in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.
Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.
This troubling news [about shadow banning] comes shortly after Twitter leadership announced an Orwellian “Trust and Safety Council,” which is stacked with leftist anti-speech activists. Instead of groups like the Electronic Freedom Foundation or the Cato Institute, the council invited Feminist Frequency and the Dangerous Speech Project. The latter organizations lead the growing movement to silence politically incorrect thought on campuses and online.
“Trust and Safety Council”. Let that percolate for a bit. What “safety” do people need on an online forum? Will they be applying band aids to hurt feelings? Much more likely the end goal is to apply a tourniquet to the throats of people they don’t like to hear from.
Also it has been reported that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has some very personal opinions against conservative thoughtcrime:
What are those opinions? Well, they would not be out of place at a student sit-in at Rutgers or Missouri. Dorsey was once an “ardent internet feminist” — with the blue hair to prove it — and marched alongside Black Lives Matter protesters in Ferguson. Now it seems he also shares the regressive left’s determination to silence competing points of view.
My friends, as someone that has been in IT for over 20 years, I can state with a good degree of certitude that in highly technical terms this is what we refer to in the tech sector as bullshit. I am sick of watching left coast liberal tech companies abuse the public trust placed in them by their end users by resorting to sleazy underhanded tactics to try to foist their leftist/progressive/socialist/communist tripe on an unsuspecting public.
But I digress.
Something needs to be done about Twitter. And that something needs to be big enough to send a shot across the bow of any other company that feels like they have enough sauce in their pants to abuse their user base by not remaining objective and non-partisan in their distribution of services.
The floor is open to ideas.