Twitter Responds to Project Veritas’ 2nd Undercover Video: ‘Twitter Doesn’t Shadowban Accounts’
O’Keefe’s 2nd undercover video shows Twitter engineers bragging about how they target pro-Trump accounts by banning them or hiding their content.
Here’s a short list of some of the censorship Twitter engineers engage in via Project Veritas:
Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it’s going to ban a way of talking”
Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu on shadow banning: “they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it”
Former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai explains banning process: “if it was a pro-Trump thing and I’m anti-Trump… I banned his whole account… it’s at your discretion”
When asked if banning process was an unwritten rule, Norai adds “Very. A lot of unwritten rules… It was never written it was more said”
Olinda Hassan, Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety explains, “we’re trying to ‘down rank’… shitty people to not show up,” “we’re working [that] on right now”
“Shadow banning” to be used to stealthily target political views- former Twitter engineer says, “that’s a thing”
Censorship of certain political viewpoints to be automated via “machine learning” according to Twitter software engineer
Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans”
Twitter denied ‘shadowbanning accounts, however; they did admit to taking action to ‘downrank’ accounts they deem abusive. So who decides what is abusive? Aren’t abusive users removed from the site altogether?
Did Twitter ‘downrank’ Chelsea Handler for this tweet? Is this considered abusive? It sure looks abusive.
Fox News reported:
The company also pushed back on the notion that it uses “shadowbanning” as a way to block certain opposing viewpoints on the site:
“Twitter does not shadowban accounts. We do take actions to downrank accounts that are abusive, and mark them accordingly so people can still to click through and see these Tweets if they so choose.”
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) January 11, 2018