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Report: Twitter ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Voices

Once thought of as a conspiracy theory, a study from Vice News found that Twitter is hiding Republican accounts from public view.

By NTK Staff | 07.25.2018 @3:00pm
Report: Twitter ‘Shadow Banning’ Conservative Voices

Twitter is “shadow banning” conservatives like RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), according to a Wednesday report from Vice News.

The practice hides results related to McDaniel and other “prominent Republicans” in Twitter’s search function. “The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search — but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar,” Vice’s Alex Thompson reported.

Thompson’s search for Democrats revealed that prominent liberals were not treated in the same way.

Twitter justifies the practice as necessary to prevent racists and members of the alt-right from flooding the platform with incendiary rhetoric. But shadow banning’s wide net seems to have ensnared mainstream Republicans in the policy.

Read the whole report here.

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