By: K. Walker
ClashDaily Associate Editor
They should have known to not mess with the President’s preferred social media platform.
They know better than to mess with his account, after all, he is the President of the United States.
President Trump has weighed in on the ‘shadow banning’ of conservative voices on the social media platform in the wake of a blistering article by VICE News.
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President Trump made it clear that he’s having none of it.
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Donald Trump entered a contentious battle over online censorship on Thursday, blasting privately-owned Twitter for allegedly depressing the exposure of messages from its conservaitve users.
‘Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good’ the president boomed, ironically on his globally unmissable Twitter account.
‘We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.’
It’s unclear what the administration could do to challenge Twitter for sorting content and delivering it selectively to users based on a computer algorithm.
It’s also not obvious what law Trump believes the platform’s management might be violating.
The Daily Mail doesn’t seem to know what law Twitter could possibly be violating.
Um… maybe the First Amendment? You know, the one about Free Speech?
But much of the social media right-wing is up in arms over what they see as a biased protocol that regulraly[sic] disadvantages them in the marketplace of ideas.
And Trump isn’t the only powerful Republican to push back.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarty tweeted on Wednesday that ‘[s]ocial media is being rigged to censor conservatives.’
‘It’s time to rise up and demand accountability from Big Tech. WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED. #StopTheBias,’ he wrote.
The accusation of ‘shadow banning’ was first revealed in an undercover video by Project Veritas.
The new accusations of ‘shadow banning’ is based on the aforementioned VICE News article that discusses the ‘behavioral ranking’ algorithm that fills in a name when typed into a search box. Oddly, despite her unusual name, Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, as well as other prominent Republicans don’t have their names autogenerated.
Of course, Twitter firmly denies this.
Twitter said flatly on Thursday that ‘we do not “shadowban”‘ but acknowledged that it uses ‘behavioral ranking’ to sift through tweets and decide what floats to the top.
‘To be clear, our behavioral ranking doesn’t make judgments based on political views or the substance of Tweets,’ the spokesman said.
Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz – three members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus – have also been ensnared.
‘It is curious that these allegations would arise the week following Congressman Gaetz’s heated exchange with Twitter senior executives before the House Judiciary Committee,’ a Gaetz spokesman told VICE.
Source: Daily Mail
In a strange and fortuitous series of events, Twitter managed to ‘fix search problems’ that was limiting visibility of prominent Republicans. It was just a ‘side effect’ of cleaning up discourse on the platform.
VICE News posted a follow-up article to the original post.
Twitter appears to have adjusted its platform overnight to no longer limit the visibility of some prominent Republicans in its search results, a problem that the company said was a side effect of its attempts to clean up discourse on its platform.
On Wednesday VICE News reported that Twitter’s drop-down search section was not showing the profiles of some prominent Republicans in what amounted to a “shadow ban.” Those affected included RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, along with Andrew Surabian, Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman and former Special Assistant to the President. The profiles did populate when entering a full search but not not in the more visible search menu.
Source: VICE News
But it wasn’t political, right?
Good luck with that defense, Twitter.
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