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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ThinkAgain's picture

Jack, why rock your own boat? By the way: Hillery was/is as bad as Trump: puppets on strings. Defending her and her policy auction platform is beyond stupid imho. The DNC leak was a great move in national ethic evolution. WikiLeaks did a great job with it. Calling bullies and underminers by name. You failed this time. Both moral and business wise.

gespiri's picture

Where is the outrage?!!  THE HUMANITY....!!!

petroglyph's picture

Is this the same Dillon Reed where Catherine Austin Fitts worked?

"" Rothchild, RJR Nabisco, Mena Arkansas, Bechtel, special guy

CO2isLife's picture

They hide legitimate news and promote Fake News harmful to Trump. Censorship on social media of conservative views is expected. It is routine for global warming posts.


Facebook Censorship; Congress Should Investigate Anti-Conservative Bias

CatsPaw's picture

After all the shit that humans are doing im seriously considering that 1 way ticket to Mars.

lakecity55's picture

We could rebuild Matt Damon's outpost he left on Mars!


Expat's picture

Oh, boo hoo.  And Fox and Trump kept lying about Obama's birth certificate.  And there is no fucking Santa Claus.

You snowflakes want some Cheese-Whiz with that whine?

DeaconPews's picture

 "What would the outcome have been if Twitter actually respected the First Amendment?"

Here's a refresher for all you "journos" with an opinion. The First Amendment protects against the government restricting your free speech rights. Everyone else can censor you all they want. 

Not that I condone what twitter did, I think it is a colossal mistake for a company whose business model is "tweeting" out opinions, then to censor said opinions. You can tell liberals are in charge at Twitter.

lakecity55's picture

You are right. As a private non .gov outfit, they can censor the news, just as any newspaper can.

Since about 90% of the media is owned by a certain tribe, you should only expect those things in their tribal interest to be published.


SummerSausage's picture

"Respecting" the first amendment does not require that Twitter be a government agency just as I don't have to be a government ageny to respect yours.

lakecity55's picture

Hitlary's Red pals own all the Medias!

But the Bitch still lost!

Fly away, Hitlary!

NickPeeMe's picture

For those of you that may not have noticed, Hillary lost the election. just a word to the easily distracted.

the cork's picture

Limp dick nick finally saw the light. hellory lost

custard's picture

Two top DNC people will be indicted early next week.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

And what number Marvel universe does this happen in?

Wahooo's picture


Berspankme's picture

Is that the guy that founded twatter? Seriously? So fucking predictable that it’s a little cuck

TheLastTrump's picture

More examples of DNC led collusion among lying media in the USA to get HillDawg elected.


In their minds, they didn't cover up ENOUGH & are fixin' to change that next time.

danl62's picture

How badly would Hillray have lost if the media palyed it right down the middle?

SummerSausage's picture

Twitter also testified that Hillary sent out twice as many tweets as Trump but Trump's were more effective.

And they want Trump to stop tweeting!

Ron_Mexico's picture

she still woulda won Noo Yawk and Kalifornica . . .

apocalypticbrother's picture

Is Jack Dorsy a pedophile? Retorical queztion...

Kickaha's picture

The goofiest part is the implied claim that something posted on social media changed the politcal mind of one single person in the USA.  That has never happened in the entire history of the internet.

SummerSausage's picture

But it MIGHT and so all information must be totally controlled. It's for our own good - and especially theirs.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Take that statement back. The people are brainwashed and influenced by what they read and our MSM know this better than anybody. If not for the internet, I would be short of at least 30% of the knowledge I now have, which has in turn, seriously influenced the way I view certain things.  Do you know what passed for news today on a UK breakfast show? Apple released 119 new Emojies.

Kickaha's picture

While my original comment was little more than a wisecrack posted in a hurry on my way out the door here this morning, your challenge to it merits a thoughtful response.  We all chase down facts and stories on the web, and form opinions and arrive at conclusions based upon what we find there.  But the main article is talking about Twitter.  Who uses a Tweet to begin their perusal of the latest news or as their entry point to a chain of links?  I'm sure Twitter would like to tell you that everybody does, but I personally don't know anybody who surfs the web based upon a tweet-centric methodology.  Twitter is mostly somebody posting a snarky comment to which other tweeters indicate there support or their opposition in 144 characters or less.  It is hardly a forum from which people form their view of the world.

Not too long ago the big story involved Russians having bought a miniscule amount of ads for display on Facebook.  Does anybody pay any attention to ads on any online page?  Have you ever tried to debate somebody on Facebook on a political or economic topic where your opponent was so blatantly stupid, illogical and misiformed that you could not resist the impulse to kindly try and inform them and straighten out their thinking?  Is you've wasted time attempting such a charitable act, how did that work out for you?  Did they say "Wow, I didn't know that! That changes everything!  I've now rethought my entire position over the last few mnutes and come to agree with you 100%."  I stand by my flippant statement that such has never happened anywhere to anybody in the entire history of the internet, at least as it applies to ads placed and debates conducted on social media.

Now, I'd agree 100% with you that the internet is a priceless tool to uncover the reality beiing hidden by a MSM controlled and owned by the politically connected and ultra-rich.  But people don't arrive at the point of enlightenment by reading Facebook or their Twitter stream.  It is hardly a revelation that online media of any sort are just as likely to push there political agenda on you as the more traditional MSM.  Nice to see it admitted that Twitter is run by HRC cunt lickers.

Falconsixone's picture

All going to ADX Federal Prison where they can be in another gang.

SummerSausage's picture

Face it, folks. We're just too stupid to determine all by ourselves what is approved knowledge and what is forbidden - as the election of Donald Trump proved.

Left to our own devices, we are guided by common sense which will always do us harm.

Thank you, smug, greedy totalitarian overlords!

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I'm just shocked and horrified this is possible in the 21st, especially in the democratic utopia, known as the USSA.  Isn't the USSA, the self-labelled "Beacon of Dumbmockary" The entire nation is a lie, built on lies, corrupt, and every form of skulduggery known to man.

The rot and cancer is everywhere. Barack Obama recently made $1.2 million FIAT dollars from 3 Wall Street speeches. lol. One of them was with the Carlyle Group. A Bush family enterprise who should be mortal enemies of a democrat, in the eyes of the plebs, but alas, that is just a smoke-screen for the plebs. At the top, political affiliation takes a back seat to making money. This was just, quid pro quo, as Obama did for the Carlyle Group.

A fish rots from the top down. USSA private and public institutions have been politicised. It's a disease that need rooting out. To be honest, its too far gone in the USSA and need burning down like an infested crop needs destroying.

Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture


What he didn't address is how many tweets with the hashtag #Pizzagate they suppressed.

This makes me even more sure that Pizzagate is for real...

GoyimUprising's picture

I watched #pizzagate unfold from the start. The evidence was damning, the cover-up left no doubt.

Grandad Grumps's picture

I am wondering what other hashtags Twitter censored to fight spam!?! Any?

Downtoolong's picture

They claim they are not media companies. But, once they start censoring content, by definition, they are.


And that’s not even the scariest thing. It’s how their process of publishing and censoring is almost completely automated. Which is to say, in the social hierarchy run by these masters of the social media universe, users have already been subordinated to machines.


GoyimUprising's picture

Their machines are stupid and we just make more accounts. They can't stop us

Twitter's stock will be worthless when people realize all the accounts are fake or remakes from banned political dissidents.

GreatUncle's picture

So what gave this invidual more worth / rights in this world than many of us?

That's the point here, freedom of speech if you can sell the criminal act then fine we all take it up but to hide the criminality away is to assume you have more worth in this world.

That is the real question here underneath, be it jews, deep-state, Trump everything ... are you a lessor human being and why if you never did anything to get categorised as that.

Shit coming home in the human psyche ... now wake the fuck up ... to them you are slave and being held in the slave position through the three powers of force, legislation and economics.

= ON A GLOBAL SCALE NATO/UN/IMF but is scales down to the national level too so POLICE/COURTS/TAXES.


GoyimUprising's picture

Be patient and keep resisting. Their system is vulnerable and will collapse.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

The NWO/Globalist/Jewish Banker/MSM pretty much own everything. They can do whatever without fear and they're doing just that.

Best of luck to DJT. "He is in a world of shit"....Private Pyle


GoyimUprising's picture

We're going to hang all those motherfuckers, you wait and see.

ffed's picture

If you watch richiefromboston on youtube, you can learn lots about how fucked we ARE, but then what?????I had a Bad day on Flat Earth,and I wonder why are we NOT DOING more?Please RETWEET IF you LIKE. QUESTION EVERYTHING

GoyimUprising's picture

If you want to fight back start your own billboard company. It's a pretty stagnant industry currently controlled by big players with no competition. Two telephone poles and some plywood will get you skin in the game. Hardest part is finding location and getting permit. Try to look establishment until you get a few locations.

I'd love to have a few that say OBEY!



bluskyes's picture

Permit to exercise your rights - priceless!

moneybots's picture

Twitter meddled in our democracy.

redmudhooch's picture

What do you idiots think putting only Hillary in jail would do anyway?

Putting Hillary in jail would be like locking up Mansons girls, but letting Manson off, leaving him to find more girls to do his bidding.

Hillarys/Trumps owners are the ones you should worry about.

GoyimUprising's picture

Hang the bitch and free Manson!

the cork's picture

Let hellory and manson share a cell.

newworldorder's picture

Twitter was in the pocket of BLM and Deray McKesson during the Presidential election cycle. A clear case of the marriage of at least one Corporate entity to the BLM ideology. 

Social Media Companies have become ideological monopolies as much as financial ones.