Project Veritas Bombshell: Twitter Engineers Explain How They 'Shadow Ban' Conservatives

Carrie Gracie at the BBC World Service

Project Veritas Bombshell: Twitter Engineers Explain How They 'Shadow Ban' Conservatives

Twitter "shadow bans" undesirable voices, censors free speech - Project Veritas exec to RT Undercover footage of Twitter staff appearing to admit to silencing conservatives shows the social media platform is not the open public forum it presents itself to be, Project Veritas executive director Russell Verney tells RT.

The statement comes after a video claimed to show a Twitter employee suggesting the social media company would provide the Justice Department with President Trump's deleted tweets and direct messages.

Shadow banning is the act of banning a user from a platform without them realizing.

"Twitter was probably about 90% Anti-Trump, maybe 99% Anti-Trump", added a former Content Review Agent. Shadow banned users will typically be removed from the public eye, so other users can not see or interact with them, however since the user is not alerted to the shadow ban, they will not understand why their posts suddenly receive no engagement. "So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it", Vadrevu explained, describing the tactic as "ultimate control".

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More disturbing is how one engineer revealed that Twitter is now working on a system to automate banning and censorship of "shitty people".

"Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it's a positive thing or a negative thing", Pierre told a Project Veritas undercover journalist on December 8, 2017. Somebody's just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever.

Pierre also mentioned that the new AI won't ban a "mindset" but will ban "a way of talking".

"Yeah. That's something we're working on", Hassan told the Veritas journalist. "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".

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Under its terms of service, Verney said Twitter has rights to all content, deleted tweets, and metadata associated with users, which means when and where they are posting.

Project Veritas, a conservative group founded by James O'Keefe that is known for selectively editing video and performing undercover operations, posted the video on Tuesday. Asked about the process of banning accounts, Norai said, "On stuff like that it was more discretion on your view point, I guess how you felt about a particular matter..." "It's something we're working on".

However, Haynes bragged that "the other thing too is that we're more than helping... we're more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation".

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