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Twitter Big Brother

 

Twitter is becoming a prime example of how contemporary leftists view George Orwell’s 1984 not as a cautionary tale, but as a how to manual:

 

 

On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and dogged critic of feminism, apparently without warning or explanation. This has led, in true Twitter fashion, to protests under the hashtag #FreeStacy.

Only a few weeks earlier, Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” to which it appointed Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist known for denouncing “sexism” in video games, a prominent figure in the Gamergate controversy—and oh yes, a frequent target of criticism from McCain. So it sure looks like the moment Twitter gave Sarkeesian the power to do so, she started blackballing her critics.

Go here to read the rest. Trust and Safety Council has the nice Orwellian ring for a group set up to censor conservatives on Twitter, the “Council” functioning in secrecy.  Then we also have Twitter shadowbanning conservatives:

Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.

According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.

Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.

However, Twitter isn’t merely targeting spammers. For weeks, users have been reporting that tweets from populist conservatives, members of the alternative right, cultural libertarians, and other anti-PC dissidents have disappeared from their timelines.

Among the users complaining of shadowbans are sci-fi author and alt-right figurehead Vox Day, geek culture blogger “Daddy Warpig,” and the popular pro-Trump account Ricky Vaughn. League of Gamers founder and former World of Warcraft team lead Mark Kern, as well as adult actress and anti-censorship activist Mercedes Carrera, have also reported that their tweets are not appearing on the timelines of their followers.

Go here to read the rest.  Those who control social media wield a lot of power in our society.  This attempt by Twitter to secretly impose stealth groupthink is very ominous.

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7 Comments

  1. For the last few years the science fiction community has been going thru its own “Gamergaate” type saga. The “Sad Puppies” are trying to bring back SF that is not dominated by SJW themes & are portrayed as a bunch of racist homo/transphobic of old white men.
    Some of the authors have been blacklisted on Twitter and their FB accounts have been suspended.

  2. Twitter’s membership numbers haven’t been growing much for the last
    few quarters. Twitter was trading at $51/share last April, but it’s less than
    $20/share as of this week. Perhaps any grownups who are still with that
    company might persuade the Twitter powers-that-be that now isn’t the
    time to alienate a chunk of their subscribers… Or not. Because if Twitter
    implodes, I feel that couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. Let
    Twitter become as irrelevant as MySpace.

    It’s not like Twitter has a monopoly– other networks are setting up to
    take Twitter’s place. FreezePeach, for example, is a Twitter-like network,
    but as its name implies, one committed to free speech and without the
    PC nannys and scolds enforcing groupthink.

  3. Everything old is new again: nice to see someone resuscitated the Committee of Public Safety.

    Oh, and McCain’s account has been permanently suspended by the CPS. If you’re conservative, you’re a fool to remain on Twitter. You’re just an exhibit in their Diversity Zoo which helps them to rationalize their behavior.

  4. The only useful function Twitter has IMO is the ability to provide real-time updates on breaking news or weather events. Other than that, it functions primarily as a platform for people to make idiots of themselves in 140 characters or less.

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