McCarthy Blasts Twitter for ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Accounts McCarthy Blasts Twitter for ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Accounts – NTK Network

McCarthy Blasts Twitter for ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Accounts

"When only one side is doing the talking, you don’t call it a dialogue. You call it a lecture."

By NTK Staff | 08.16.2018 @11:15am
McCarthy Blasts Twitter for ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Accounts

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blasted Twitter for “shadow banning” conservative accounts on its platform, in an op-ed published in Inside Sources on Thursday.

Last month, Vice News reported:

“Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results — a technique known as “shadow banning” — in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.”

According to Vice, Twitter has shadow-banned the accounts of several conservative Republican congressmen, Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman, and the Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel.

“Twitter’s subtle censorship targeted conservatives, and seemingly only conservatives. Prominent officials like Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) were affected, along with countless ordinary citizens. Yet Twitter can’t point to a single prominent Democrat who was affected by this so-called ‘glitch.’ Vice found that ‘not a single member’ of the 78-person Progressive Caucus, the most liberal faction in the House of Representatives, was targeted by shadow banning,” McCarthy wrote.

Twitter eventually fixed what they called a “glitch” that had resulted in the platform shadow-banning conservatives, and denied that its shadow-banning had anything to do with the accounts’ political beliefs.

But McCarthy isn’t buying Twitter’s excuse, writing Twitter “did not offer a convincing explanation about why conservatives were predominantly harmed by its algorithms.”

“If social media companies are committed to a healthy conversation, they should establish clear and transparent standards for penalties against their users. And they should disclose more details about their algorithms so users can see whether they are living up to their promises,” McCarthy wrote.

“The American People are responsible for deciding the direction of our great country. In order to carry out this responsibility, we need to have important conversations about issues that affect us all — conversations about how to secure our borders, strengthen our military, and ensure that everyone benefits from the booming economy,” McCarthy concluded. “Social media censorship threatens our ability to have these conversations. When only one side is doing the talking, you don’t call it a dialogue. You call it a lecture.”

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