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Shadowbans and the Twitterdämmerung
of Free Expression

American Greatness, by Boris Zelkin

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Posted By:earlybird, 1/14/2018 6:06:19 AM

Twitter’s mission statement is to: “Give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” On Thursday, Project Veritas released a video showing Twitter engineers boasting their use of “shadowbanning” to curb conservative speech. No amount of “deceptive editing” accusations or “out of context” arguments can contradict the tale of the tape. The engineer lays out, in unedited detail, the process of shadowbanning—which consists of Twitter allowing a post to exist but limiting its reach by hiding it from view, thus ensuring that no engagement occurs. The poster of the tweet will merely think that no one

As Zelkin says, Twitter is “disappearing” speech it doesn’t like.

If you haven’t before, read Zelkin’s bio at the end of the article. I thought I’d heard his name before, but in another context. Interesting fellow.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: MainelySane, 1/14/2018 6:21:54 AM     (No. 11509767)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Petronius, 1/14/2018 7:13:36 AM     (No. 11509786)

Twitter is for twits and Fakebook is for fools.

The sooner humans realize how dehumanizing and asocial "social" media is, the better off society will be.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rob, 1/14/2018 7:17:24 AM     (No. 11509791)

Which is why I won´t tweet, ever. Come to think of it...I haven´t been to Facebook for a while either. Hmm, I wonder if there is a connection?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MainelySane, 1/14/2018 7:22:20 AM     (No. 11509794)

Great column. I´ve shared it on FB. I wonder how long it will stay there..

The author, as a composer, certainly understands psychology. I´m always drawn to the music for The Master´s Tournament. It reminds me that spring and summer are coming soon.... There´s nothing more soothing in chilly spring weather for me in Maine to watch the Master´s Golf Tournament. It´s not the golf, it´s the beauty of scenic golf tournament.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MainelySane, 1/14/2018 7:34:04 AM     (No. 11509803)

Interesting interview of Boris Zelkin. He understands psychology.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 1/14/2018 8:35:18 AM     (No. 11509851)

We can reasonably suspect this is going on with other platforms as well, and more frequently than people realize.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/14/2018 9:28:26 AM     (No. 11509907)

Facebook, Twitter and all the rest are private entities, like a newspaper or broadcast station. They can do what they like - include restrict "free speech", no less than the newspaper can refuse an ad, or to run a story, or the broadcasters cut off a caller. Don´t like it, don´t patronize.

The issue here is these private entities that pretend to be paragons of "free speech" virtue surreptitiously engaging in censorship. They´re no better than any other scoundrels.

Worse, these things are vacuum cleaners of private information voluntarily shared and then collected - from teen love notes to political views and your facial features. All of these tweets and FB posts are kept, analyzed and sold, legally, even to your friendly government. Your life story is truly now an open book. That´s a coming problem for this "free" society. Very easy to detect the nay-sayers and problem children... Don´t expect the FBI or Intel community to protect you, nor the Constitution.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strikingviking, 1/14/2018 9:35:55 AM     (No. 11509917)

Fascists are committed to suppressing political opposition by any means necessary. Whether it´s Obama´s IRS denying tax-exempt status only to conservative associations or Google/Twitter/Facebook purging those who dare to post words like "liberty," "freedom," or "patriotism," the pattern is unmistakable. The Left wants us to knuckle under and "love big brother."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 1/14/2018 9:41:39 AM     (No. 11509927)

i have been ´shadow banned´ a couple of times by the ABC affiliate in Seattle...komonews.com
At first, I was curious because no one made a comment about my comment or give an up or down arrow. I checked the post using my iPhone and my post didn´t appear. It was surreal. This happened a couple of years ago, I had never heard the word shadowban or that anything like that could exist. They now don´t allow any posts after their stories. For the record, I never used bad language, shouted or attacked other posters. Just told the truth about stories they lied about it. Progressives don´t like that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 1/14/2018 10:09:44 AM     (No. 11509964)

I´ve had the same experience at CNN´s "feedback" box. After a few critical posts, now I can´t enter! Haha.

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