Twitter’s Ministry of Truth Bans Yet Another Conservative Website

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The Other McCain, a conservative website, was suspended from Twitter and, while no reason was given, the reasons they suspend accounts would hardly apply to this website.

These are Twitter’s reasons for suspension:

Spam: Most of the accounts we suspend are suspended because they are spammy, or just plain fake, and they introduce security risks for Twitter and all of our users. These types of accounts are against our Twitter Rules. Unfortunately, sometimes a real person’s account gets suspended by mistake, and in those cases we’ll work with the person to make sure the account is unsuspended.

Account security at risk: If we suspect an account has been hacked or compromised, we may suspend it until it can be secured and restored to the account owner in order to reduce potentially malicious activity caused by the compromise.

Abusive Tweets or behavior: We may suspend an account if it has been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.

None of these apply to this particular website.

Robert Stacy McCain believes the social justice warriors complained over the #Gamergate. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t seem to happen to the left.

This goes on with Facebook as well. I was suspended over a photo of Nancy Pelosi someone didn’t like as if I could help the way she looks. I worked hard to find just the right photo of her to go with my story at the time.

I have a very long list of Republicans, especially Conservatives and Libertarians, who have been banned from Twitter and Facebook without ever being given a reason or a chance to defend against it.

I and many others have been threatened with permanent suspension and none of us could tell you why.

Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart Tech and frequent guest of Ricochet’s Radio Free Delingpole, revealed that the financially troubled social platform is using a technique called “shadowbanning” to limit the reach of accounts that promote a non-PC message.

Yiannopoulos reported this week:

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 prioritised 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.

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view, Legal Insurrection reported.

However, Twitter isn’t merely targeting spammers. For weeks, users have been reporting that tweets from populist conservatives, members of the alternative right, cultural libertarians, and other anti-PC dissidents have disappeared from their timelines.

Earlier this month, Twitter instituted a “Trust and Safety Council.”  [How Orwellian is that?] According to Ricochet:

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.

Social media is run by private companies who can do what they want but they have an obligation to uphold the principles of our First Amendment which they are not doing. It’s also important to note that Conservatives are the ones being targeted.

 

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