Twitter Caught Censoring Conservative Journalists With Site-Wide Shadowbans

Two days after Twitter told Congress that they aren't politically biased when censoring content, several prominent conservatives discovered that the social media giant automatically includes them in a site-wide "Quality Filter Discrimination" shadowban which prevents anyone not already following them from viewing their posts.

While the filters have been around since August 2016 and were supercharged in May, Twitter's aggressive censorship of conservative accounts was noticed Thursday afternoon by the Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra, after he said he saw reduced activity following a viral tweet with 3.85 million views in which Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) calls for attacks on members of the Trump administration. In short order, a flood of influential conservative Twitter users discovered they were shadowbanned also using an account checking tool at shadowban.eu.

The site-wide shadowbans did not go unnoticed... 

Twitter VP of Trust & Safety, Del Harvey, said that the filtering algorithm look at a number of signals, including how often a user is blocked, muted or complained about vs. receiving positive interactions such as "favorites" and retweets.

"If you send the same message to four people, and two of them blocked you, and one reported you, we could assume without ever seeing what the content of the message was, that was generally a negative interaction."  

Asked whether the change will mostly affect fake accounts and bots or real people who are behaving in aggressive and divisive ways, Harvey said it could be either. The software’s goal is to hide tweets from “accounts that are having the maximum negative impact on the conversation,” she said. -Slate 

Harvey also said in a company blog post that the impact of the filters would affect "much less than 1 percent" of accounts. 

[L]ess than 1% of accounts make up the majority of accounts reported for abuse, but a lot of what’s reported does not violate our rules. While still a small overall number, these accounts have a disproportionately large—and negative—impact on people’s experience on Twitter. The challenge for us has been: how can we proactively address these disruptive behaviors that do not violate our policies but negatively impact the health of the conversation?

To turn the default quality filtering off, go into your Twitter settings and unchedk the "quality filter" box.

We wonder who Jack Dorsey thinks is having a "maximum negative impact on the conversation" right ahead of midterms?

Comments

oDumbo tmosley Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:10 Permalink

and...

At what point is this blatant censorship by hard left zealots against indiscriminate readers an actionable offense? 

and...

Why isn't there a massive class action lawsuit against this puke Jackoff Dorsey? 

and...

Why the fuck hasn't someone created a viable alternative to this left wing scattergram for twits?

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NidStyles inosent Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:18 Permalink

Brock also collects and sells data of its users it wants to target using he connections with Antifa and other assorted organizations of criminal intent.

I posted one Troll effort on Twitter and got taken off the Internet. Not banned from Twitter, not shadowbanned, taken off the Internet. My computer was disabled, and the tougher I was using was owned by someone whom I can’t name.

 

My trolling is that good apparently.

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rbianco3 NidStyles Fri, 07/20/2018 - 01:06 Permalink

How can they take you off the internet? You got my attention as this seems almost impossible unless done by someone with some serious power.

Someone you cannot name but you could surely hint. Governmental agency, UN, Internet Providers, Military? I've found tactics that work, I start a new Twitter account and am able to grow it to having significant influence within a week. When interaction rates get much higher than 5% and followers increase quickly is when the shadow ban begins and your influence dies. Then I piss off Twitter get the account banned and start over. I've gone through more than a dozen.

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Utopia Planitia oDumbo Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

1. It is a privately owned and operated application.  They can do with it as they please.  It also happens to be a total piece of shit.  Is that where you want to spend your time, in a festering toilet bowl?

2. See #1.

3. Would be very easy to do.  A 3rd grader could easily code the next Twitter application in their bedroom.  The features would far surpass the 1990's design of Twitter.  However, the infrastructure to make it as large would cost you something.  Probably for $1M you could get a viable system up and running.

lefTurds would immediately run to congress and start screaming that you have a horrid thing that is killing billions. So you will have to be ready to lawyer up.  I recommend getting a large number of donors to cover the costs, and take lefTurds to the mat.  They will lose.

The unanswered question is how to monetize.  I have some ideas but if you are building it you should answer that question.

You will be a perpetual target of empty-headed lefTurds.  Gird your loins and practice having a devious smile!  :-)

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Frito tmosley Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:25 Permalink

I think if they wanted to, they could figure out if brigading was occurring. For instance, if a twit blocked someone, their block would carry weight proportional (by some algorithm) to how often they block people in general. So, the twits that are just offended by everything have no weight. I think something like this would greatly reduce the effect of outrage mobs. That would be if they wanted to actually fix the situation, which is a big if.

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Utopia Planitia Frito Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:14 Permalink

No need to get so complicated.  If it was a legitimate system it would not have a "shadowbanning" feature.  They are twisting themselves into contortions to earn their lefTurd brownie points by controlling (dictating) dialogue.  Ergo the entire system is not something any honest person should have any interest in using.

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lew1024 Killtruck Thu, 07/19/2018 - 23:54 Permalink

The thing that amazes me is how easily Twitter could be render null and void, a market cap of nothing.

All Trump and the Conservatives have to do is switch to one of the leading candidates to replace it. One of those could provide mechanisms to allow posts there to be tweeted, if desired, make the transition easy.

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Totally_Disill… powow Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:03 Permalink

I believe I was shadow banned 3-4 months ago.  I was producing 3-4 political memes per day, responding to posts, tweeting various alt news stories yet my analytics from a non-Twitter group show very little eyeballs on my materials - Twitter calls it impressions and nearly zero responses.  I must say my memes are really good, edgy politically yet red pills.  I keep doing my thing but now I always copy #POTUS on each.  I understand they cannot ban anything sent to the President, however my stats aren't changing.  Twitter also messes with my followers - my number is static at 323 for weeks - it may move 1 or 2 followers.  Interestingly, I get a lot of retweets and comments on materials I poste 4-6 weeks ago.  So clearly Twitter's filter has me in the back 40.  Lately It seems when I log on to Twitter I get tweets that are anywhere from 5-22 hrs old.  So in addition to holding my tweets back from Twitterland, I'm also not seeing current activities.   It's really shameful what they're doing to the truth.

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takeaction powow Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:11 Permalink

TRUMPS twitter account has been throttled down.  He has millions of followers, and when he tweets you are now required to go to his twitter feed to see it...rather than it popping up.  This is Horse Shit...they have done it to Infowars, Trump, Brietbart...etc.  Just like facebook.  On my business account I have nearly 20,000 organic followers...when I post to my page...NOBODY sees it until they come to my page, or I pay Zuckerberg to boost the post.  Today, chrome is blocking Goldseek and Breitbart...I am getting a weird "Privacy" Certificate error.  This shit is going to get a lot worse.

So...who is going to create the NEW Free Speech Twitter...and the Free Speech Facebook...come on creators?

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Sanity Bear Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Conservatives ought to 100% abandon Twitter and let the Left have its echo chamber.

Then when the stock crashes, the bagholders who should have spoken up in force already can hold the culprits responsible for these horrendous business decisions.

Hillarys Server Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

They lied to Congress.

Call the heads of Adolph Twittler to Congress again.

And in our nation why are only blue collar inmates sodomized with a rusty lead pipe?

They should one and all be sent to prison and a blanket slowly draped over their cell bars.

learnofjesuits Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

deep state = Vatican, globalists = Vatican, Vatican rule this world for centuries and never lost power from times of monarchies

to overcome democracy Vatican simply rule through secret societies for elites - Skull and Bones (Bush, Clinton), Knights of Malta (Soros, Rothschilds bankers of Vatican), Opus Dei, Illuminati

Vatican is luciferian - offshoot of catholicism - from almost beginning, it is stated directly in luciferian texts that Holy Ghost is Lucifer, this religion is available only for elites "world is not ready"

google "Vatican Nervi Hall interior photo" and see temple of popes in Vatican looking like a big serpent

yt JFK secret societies speech (5mins version)

google "putin hand sign horns" and see all those luciferian politicians and celebrities

google "banedict hand sign horns" to see more of luciferian Vatican

all national intelligence agencies are controlled by jesuits - intelligence of Vatican - rest is theater and actors

Banking belongs to Vatican from times of templars

learnofjesuits skinwalker Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:40 Permalink

zionism was created by Vatican, check Albert Pike world wars plans letters

zioism world ruling stories is scapegoat for ruling Vatican, Vatican place all blame on jews for scapegoat purpous for centuries and it is working to some degree

Vatican rule this world for centuries - fooled noobs should realise this simple undeniable thing

Soros and Rothshilds are christened and working for Vatican, Rothsilds are christened from first Nathan and become bankers for jesuits, red shield from this name and herb is symbol of roman legions

VATICAN RULE THIS WORLD FOR CENTURIES, ACCEPT REALITY NOOBS !!!

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VWAndy Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

 Chicken shit stunts like this wont hide the fact that they cant make their case honestly. If they could they would trot it right on out. With 8x10 glossy color photographs an everything. 

  Turns out they dont have any valid arguments after all.