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

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?


LithiumWarsWAKEUP RAT005 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:11 Permalink

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Manthong Umh Thu, 11/02/2017 - 06:24 Permalink

  I am so glad I was never disposed to visiting the twatter or facef*ck pages and have not as yet thought it necessary to do anything there…. But you never know. I have elected to stay pretty much removed from the swell of idiocy they represent. I am pretty much a social media troglodyte nowadays, but I might mention that my first exposure to binary things was a breadboard matrix with wire and cores and primitives like and, or, not , nor  etc.   I recall a day when one could walk into an accounting department that was abuzz with the click of IBM Selecrtic balls whizzing as opposed to the church-like silence of today My first computer program was a half inch stack of cards punched on a machine the size of my desk today and then loaded into a monster with crazy big tape drives to execute. Now this will confound even the elderly/leaning-on senile tech has-beens….. ……….. Has any one of you dweebs ever done a machine– machine  connection with Bell 103A modem at 110 baud???? (….BTW……. I have an ISA 16 bit 103A card available for the right  price  )   And oh… oh… I hate Windows 10…. I have already moved up to Linux on another machine with a TB of SATA SSDs…   And …and … and… entertain me for a moment (it’s the only reason I post thoughts here)……… I was on the Internet with Delphi using DOS FTP commands …. ……before Compuserve and AOL spent hundreds of millions sending a landslide of CD’s into my trash. My first graphic web browser was Mosaic and I had to configure the Winsocks on Windows 3.11. Put a little whiskey into the fuel…. It thins out the mix and gives you a few more RPM.s ….Not true but I like the concept. An oh.. oh.. for those that might be interested, I am not really "in"  the market.... I could care less.If Jamie, Lloyd and their ilk all go to hell, so much the better.When  TSTF...  if my position with a bit of vol hedge and long select hard assets including some junior gold diggers works out....... that would be good.But until the great unwind...   FU... Central Banks ... the system and all of you schmucks,I will do just fine....    It is the rest of the unwashed that you have serewed because of your avarice that you and your familes have to worry about. 

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Manthong Manthong Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:19 Permalink

 As a casual observance….. I have a laser guillotine prototype down in the shop now.... The good thing about it is that unlike the grizzly liberal whore Kathy Griffin mock up, my invention catharsizes the separation(s) and you do not have much or any blood spillage to deal with. Even the collection basket will be clean and ready to use for the next few dozen bankers and their family members.  As s humanitarian, like the good Dr. Guillotine, with my innovation, the dispatch will be quick and mostly painless and not too traumatic as the executed has only a couple of seconds to observe before the optic nerve feed to the brain shuts down and they watch their severed banker head fall to the bottom of the basket.Bankers and their family members do not deserve blindfolds or hoods.... they need to experience the inequality of the cutting shelf to the bottom of the basket. I apologize for these wicked thoughts…… It’s just after Halloween and I have been terrorized by little monsters running up and down the block extorting my sugar hoard. ..maybe the Podesta’s would like to live here.     

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Giant Meteor Manthong Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:19 Permalink

Good stuff.  I remember dad spending about a year and a half going to IBM's data processing school, late 60's. Ended up heading  his own dept. in a county payroll shop right after graduation. He remained wholly unimpressed :)  Moved over to various shops over the years as systems analyst various climes. Disliked the work mostly, especially at the end. He told me once had he to do all over again, he would have found work growing things in a greenhouse nursery. He liked to grow , to build things, work with his hands etc. Those were his true passions.Happiest time in his life when he eventually was able to retire and lived aboard a 27' gaff rigged sailboat that he and mother built on the weekends in an old barn from scratch, and a $300 set of plans. He canabalized, wherever possible, re-purposed old materials for use on the project, chose fine, scavenged wood for interior, trim, bright work. Designed the sail-plan himself and then had them made in somewhere in Maine I believe. She was a fine boat, and cut the water like a sharp knife on beams end, especially liking a good stiff breeze and following sea. You reminded me of these times, and I thank you.By the way, Dad was a social media troglodyte too, although he threw one hell of a party!. Mostly hated modern puters, and I was always somewhat amazed at the fits the ole desktop gave him doing basic tasks, lol. Mercifully, he wasn't alive to see the abomination known as windows 10 ;) 

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Captain Nemo d… Giant Meteor Thu, 11/02/2017 - 08:13 Permalink

And therein lies the problem ... to be able to get faster and cheaper computers you have to make them play music and videos and let everyone inform the world what they had for breakfast at the local diner, updating their impressions of their experience with each sip of coffee. Otherwise your PC would cost a million dollars on special order and laptops would be too expensive to develop. It's economies of scale.

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Manthong Captain Nemo d… Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

 “he and mother built on the weekends in an old barn from scratch,” Gosh, I would sell my soul to have folks who would have done that.. I spent most of my yute on the Chicago city sidewalks and dads’s advocation was warming a barstool. Maybe I overcompensated… the missus hates all the tools and the tech lying about. She says I should be more relational …or something to that effect…. Although I made it to executive management in tech…. I have every tool known to God and I can use them with a bit of elegance…. Name one… You could start with the dual trace o-scope(s), or maybe the vertical mill or the wall mounted panel saw…. I lost track after I got the combo MIG/TIG/Stick welder and the plasma cutter. and oh.. if I wanted to craft a bloated, intrusive, unmanagable  sneaky OS....I would code Windows 10.  

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J S Bach Mazzy Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:54 Permalink

I state with pride that I have never "tweeted" (a faggish term if there ever was one) nor can I tell you what a FaceBook page looks like.  We should all abandon these tools of the Left.  This would be just as devastating to them as has been the successful boycott of the Negro Felon League.

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WillyGroper PT Thu, 11/02/2017 - 09:56 Permalink

did i say promise?no.  rumor.too many folks here overgeneralize condemning whole groups of "humans."  too many linear thinkers.from the general opinion here, sessions has been lumped also.maybe he's been quiet cuz he's doin his job & doesn't want to show his hand.   tony molesta stepped down for a reason.given his hand slap to creepy uncle joe, he's well aware of what's going on & it was very clear he didn't want that pedo creep near his granddaughter.NOTHING is as it seems on the surface.

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jeff montanye cheka Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:34 Permalink

the first amendment gets thrown around a lot.  this has nothing to do with it; twitter is a private company and can censor what it wants.  and people can use other networks in response.  and mock and vilify them, which they deserve, like the nyt and judith miller.and google has no idea where i might be going when i type nyt, iraq and judith milwe really need competition for both companies.

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BrownCoat jeff montanye Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:46 Permalink

@ jeff montanye,There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Our society is sliding into lawlessness.You can split hairs all you want. A private person, a private company, government, NGO, any other entity you can think of should all ACT and BEHAVE according to the principles of freedom. BTW, have you noticed that the US Constitution has been violated repeatedly by every branch of national govt? So, govt has already seceded its authority to uphold the Constitution. Why are you talking about it you anti-freedom wannabe-lawyer!

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Captain Nemo d… Kidbuck Thu, 11/02/2017 - 08:26 Permalink

Yeah right. Let's say someone in the middle of a city says: "Everyone, post all your campaign signs here for free ... it is the most visible location in the city." And then after people post numerous signs there, they throw away all the signs belonging to one side claiming it was their property to they can do whatever they want with the signs. And to make it worse, people are not even informed they are doing this because apparently it is still news in 2017.Of course they can also invite RT to advertise there and later turn around and cry boohoohoo ...the russians the russians.

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