Twitter Admits It Buried "Podesta Email", DNC Tweets Ahead Of The Presidential Election

Tyler Durden's picture

It was approximately one year ago, when angry tweeters alleged that Jack Dorsey et al., were purposefully censoring and "suppressing" certain content on Twitter, namely anything to do with the leaked DNC and John Podesta emails, as well as hashtags critical of Hillary Clinton while "shadow-banning" pro-Donald Trump content. We can now confirm that at least one part of the above was true, because during today's Senate hearing, Twitter admitted it "buried", which is another word for censored, significant portions of tweets related to hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in the months heading into the 2016 presidential campaign.

As Daily Caller's Peter Hasson reports, Twitter’s systems hid 48 percent of tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of tweets using #PodestaEmails, Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett said in his written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Before the election, we also detected and took action on activity relating to hashtags that have since been reported as manifestations of efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. For example, our automated spam detection systems helped mitigate the impact of automated Tweets promoting the #PodestaEmails hashtag, which originated with Wikileaks’ publication of thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.


The core of the hashtag was propagated by Wikileaks, whose account sent out a series of 118 original Tweets containing variants on the hashtag #PodestaEmails referencing the daily installments of the emails released on the Wikileaks website. In the two months preceding the election, around 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 unique Tweets containing variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag.


Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches.


As described in greater detail below, our systems detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

And yet, this glaring act of censorship was not aimed at the sources of the alleged propaganda, but the content: Just 2% of the tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag came from “potentially Russian-linked accounts,” Edgett said.

He also explained that Twitter hid the tweets as “part of our general efforts at the time to fight automation and spam on our platform across all areas.

...And Hillary still lost?

Just over a year ago, on the same day that Donald Trump's "grab them by the pussy tape" was released, WikiLeaks dumped over 30,000 hacked Podesta emails, which were damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, throughout the election. A prior Wikileak of DNC emails, which revealed party officials secretly aided Hillary Clinton during her primary battle against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders , eventually cost then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz her job. The leaks also exposed supposedly "neutral" journalists as pro-Clinton partisans.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian operatives were behind the original hacking of both the DNC and Podesta emails, which were part of Russian influence operations meant to disrupt the American electoral system.

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A question emerges: did Jack Dorsey, with his arbitrary decision to censor specific content damaging to Democrats, interfere with the election, and a funnier question: if Hillary lost with Twitter censoring anti-Hillary content, what would the outcome have been if Twitter actually respected the First Amendment?

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jeff montanye's picture

the real liberals voted for sanders.  and the dnc is still shitting on them.

rwmctrofholz's picture

Great stuff.  Both of you!!

It's been a good day!

Endgame Napoleon's picture

I remember when there was a civil-liberties-focused wing of the Democrat Party. It disappeared.

Mazzy's picture

Zealot Cultists!  But that that's incensitive, not to mention intersectional anti-feminism plus racism.  I'm gonna hop in my Tesla now and drive somewhere where I can punch a NAZI!!!!

fightapathy's picture

"And Hillary still lost?"


And Hillary still lost. Cocksucker.

nmewn's picture

LMAO!...funny ain't it?

I mean, just how bad does a candidate have TO REALLY SUCK when, they have the establishment media panting on their every word, they're outspending the opponent 2:1 and they've got the intelligence apparatus of a world superpower spying on the opponent for them...and she still loses?



Thats gotta suck ;-)

MaxThrust's picture


My god, we all dodge a bullet the day Hillary was defeated.

DisorderlyConduct's picture

More like out spending by 10:1 but who's counting..? ^_^

nmewn's picture

lol...good point, yeah well, I was just counting the declared amounts not the "imputed values" as the statist accountants like to call it.

Hillary & CNN are still in a war of words over the "imputed value" of CNN's coverage of Trump all the way through the election ;-) 

FIAT CON's picture

Quick print T-shirts.


nmewn's picture

I think I will, on the front:


(on then the back)


        So Suck It ;-)

Umh's picture

And she will lose if she runs again.

nmewn's picture

So this all came out at the Congressional hearing today...amiright?...amiright?! ;-)

bugs_'s picture

at this point what difference does it make?

uhland62's picture

Probably not a lot but when we learn details of the enemy's modus operandi we might not fall into the same traps next time. We might also force them to abandon modus operandi (thinking positive).

williambanzai7's picture

Putin did this. He's destroying the American way LOL!

overbet's picture

American way has already been destoryed. We've been living in the whiney cunt way for some time now. 

Nekoti's picture

Orwell should have named the book,2016.

Sanity Bear's picture

Pretty sure they buried anything Benghazi related also. I ran a test and certain images disappeared while others did not.

uhland62's picture

That kind of censorship is everywhere, Tom Curley's speech in Kansas was deleted everywhere because the AP (of which he was then chief) had criticised the powers that be after they demanded positive news from AP about the Iraq invasion. 

I am not on Twitter, now never will be. Reading automated tweets? Somebody's having me on. 

EmeraldWI's picture

Corporations are people with free speech. Maybe they didn't want the Donald to be their President. Let the market work as goddess Ayn Rand comands. It's all about money, right?

DisorderlyConduct's picture

I hear ya, but at no time has Twitter been honest about censorship. They actually profess to be a champion for free and open communication, within their terms of service.

Strictly speaking, I think Facebook and Twitter are guilty of fraud. Legally speaking I'm sure they have an out. But consider, if 30 years ago, AT&T were able to do the same to phone calls there would have been Hell to pay - from everyone.

EmeraldWI's picture

Are they getting more corrupt, or do we just have more insight than 30 years ago?

Mustahattu's picture

Jack Dorsey is a fucking tool.

pigpen's picture

If the digital advertising monopolies are censoring you then it is time for every citizen to use brave browser and run all social media apps in brave browser and by default block advertising, tracking and malware.

We are in control of our media and if goobook and twitter won't share advertising$ with us then we should render their business worthless.

What is advertising worth if they can't serve ads, track us and then advertising is not viewed?

Every citizen immediately needs to show the goobook and Twitter who is in charge in this equation

We will no longer be the product.

PS- I like Twitter but run it out of brave browser blocking ads and saving data.



DisorderlyConduct's picture

Brave browser is the shiz. It took my Samsung note II from being almost useless to screaming fast. You guys have no idea all the stuff that's out there, sapping battery life and wasting bandwidth and time.

Plus a gajillion for Brave..! ^_^

Mazzy's picture

Or just tune out.

Why log into their "apps" or sites at all?

Is Facebook needed?  Nope.  Is Twitter needed?  Nope.  Just stop logging in.  Delete your account and find something a little more low-key.

ThanksChump's picture

"find something a little more low-key."


And more conservative, like the Communist Party's web forums.

pocomotion's picture

Thank God we finally have resolution!  So we now should support Hillary?  This is getting really complicated as to who really won the shenanigans vote.


Let's all vote for who can screw up this nation the worst.

Trump or Clinton?

DEMIZEN's picture

twatter is dead.

Umh's picture

Anyone with a functioning brain knows that Ms. Clinton is evil. The only question is if Mr. Trump is less evil. The country decided that Ms. Clinton was a worse choice.

East Indian's picture

Only Trump is between Twitter and its disgusted users leaving it. 

Private corporations will be private corporations; they will not respect your constitutional rights. 

Nona Yobiznes's picture


Seriously though, Trump needs to abandon the Twatter cesspool and move to an alternative like Gab. That would be the death blow. Pitch the idea to someone like Alex Jones, maybe Trump will listen to him.

motoXdude's picture

It ain't Russia, Folks... it's our own home-grown manipulative social media and MSM!   Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!   When DC and Media is pointing to a foreign power and laying blame, rest-assured it's diversion to keep eyes off their own doings!   The TRUE enemy is from within!

slipreedip's picture

Facebook and Twitter the Anus and Vagina through which most Americans receive

their drip feed of digested news waste, ready for consumption.

Yum Yum America, eat up!

shimmy's picture

You mean a lefty killary supporter did his best job to censor evidence of her corruption? I'm shocked.

In unrelated news, a Yahoo baseball writer implied tonight that a heterosexual man who doesn't want to be licked by another man is homophobic because he joked about not being from San Fran. You can't make this shit up. 

All these lefty media people need to die because they're too fucked in the head to deserve to be free to roam around. They're like serial killers of intelligence and common sense.

loub215's picture

Short twitter... Worthless bird shit...

TheVigilant1's picture

What's a twitter ?

SweetDoug's picture





Just plain ol' fuggin' wow...

And this is EXACTLY the reason we can't allow these organizations, FB, Twitter, Google, to control everything on the net.

This is so fucking dangerous to our freedom and the new media, that these pricks are creating and then censuring.

And what the fuck do we do?

Google is getting a 1000 journanalists together to start 'creating' news. What do we do when this monster starts to bury alternative, unwanted thought.

The snowflakes will be in charge.

Fire up the ovens! 'Cause that's where people like you and me are gonna end up if we don't stop this, somehow.





Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

They already control everything on the Web. Fuckbook and Goolag filter everything, preventing you from finding and seeing what you want. They only allow you to see what they want you to see.

VWAndy's picture

 Think they stopped after the election was over?

Secret Weapon's picture

Twitter hates freedom. Death to Twitter.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Sounds like something the bolsheviks would have done.

BidnessMan's picture

Expect the CIA and all the other three letter US spy agencies are doing the same thing in elections all around the world. Justified as a clever way to promote regime change. 

VWAndy's picture

 I wonder what kinda cockblocking they are up to now? Yall know they still doin it right?

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

How stupid do TPTB think we are?  If it was this easy for the Russians, why isn't anybody asking if China/North Korea/Venezuela/Canada/Italy/Australia/[insert name here] or anybody else got away with the same thing?  Gruber was right.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Is that a bit of dead baby flesh I see stuck in one of her buck teeth ?