Conservatives blast Twitter blacklist, Elon promises big changes
We just reported about the release of Twitter Files Part II. This release is about blacklisting, or what we now call “shadowbanning”.
As journalist Bari Weiss detailed, conservative figures like Charlie Kirk and Dan Bongino were “blacklisted” with the visibility of what they said suppressed. Other people who said things against the narrative, such as for COVID, were also blacklisted, even if they were prominent scientists, like Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
This was all happening, even though Twitter denied it was happening. They claimed they didn’t have a phantom ban, and they certainly didn’t do it based on political ideology. Yet the files confirm that it was happening.
Here’s what Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, told Dave Rubin in 2020.
Do you shadowban based on your political beliefs? A simple yes or no will do…
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 14, 2020
—jack (@jack) October 15, 2020
They called it “visibility filtering” instead of shadowbanning. https://t.co/ZPcpXuaOnK pic.twitter.com/7UMaSjEyw0
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 9, 2022
See, it wasn’t really removing or disallowing shadows, just “visibility filtering”. No one could see what you were saying.
Here’s the lie, in 2018.
—Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 9, 2022
Conservatives, especially those who have been found to have been blacklisted, were outraged.
We ALWAYS knew we were the target of Twitter’s deletion machine. STILL. Yet liberals insisted it was another “conspiracy theory”. This evening is the justification, but I am not expecting any apologies from the Liberals. They live to abuse power and they won’t apologize for it.
—Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 9, 2022
To those “journalists” who try to minimize:
The #TwitterFiles objectively expose the most powerful censorship operation ever carried out.
They have worked side by side with Facebook and the US government to manipulate global discourse. https://t.co/6AxYvgq0YO
—David Steinberg (@realDSteinberg) December 9, 2022
Democratic politicians and members of the liberal media will read the latest #TwitterFiles and be angry. The anger is that they can’t get away with their scam anymore.
They will now try to destroy the platform. We already see the strategy of pretending it is a hate site. https://t.co/69L8gzokZw
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) December 9, 2022
Indeed, they probably knew this was coming, and that’s why Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted about taking “action” against Twitter for “hate speech” — without evidence and in violation of everything we understand about the government not being involved in speech suppression.
they lied to us, relentlessly, for years. we were right about everything. https://t.co/B0DYUh2g3J
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) December 9, 2022
Bizarre how Twitter’s mass ‘visibility screening’ of prominent conservatives coincided with Democrats winning three straight elections
Must be a coincidence
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) December 9, 2022
That last tweet was so true, as we saw in 2020 with the Hunter Biden laptop story that may have impacted the election.
Libs of TikTok was also on the list.
All I can keep thinking is that I have to do something right that they’re going to such lengths to censor me. I promise you that I will never stop.
— TikTok Libs (@libsoftiktok) December 9, 2022
Now, the next thing that needs to be dropped is how involved Democrats have been in this blacklist.
As I wrote the other day, America First Legal has revealed that there is a “secret portal” between Twitter and the government to do things like suppress COVID “misinformation”.
Who are the Nazis and Fascists here? Hint: it wasn’t the Republicans who were trying to control and shut down the floor.
But Musk said new changes were coming, promising transparency to show people if they’ve ever been shadowbanned; if they have been in the past, there will be information on how to appeal.
Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you’ll know clearly if you’ve been banned, why and how to appeal
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Given the potential extent of censorship here, it would be difficult to estimate how much this may have interfered with elections and all sorts of other discourse, in the United States and around the world. That’s why this reveal and reaction from Musk is so monumental: The level playing field is now, and that’s why the left is so panicked.
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