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

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Project Veritas, an undercover conservative journalistic organization, has caught Twitter engineers exposing how Twitter now censors Republicans and conservative tweets. And I say "I banned this whole thing, and it goes over here" and they are like, 'Oh you know what?

"...He's unsafe, I don't like him and he's a awful human being and I want to get rid of him", the self-described bleeding-heart liberal Haynes says in the video about President Trump.

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Haynes then dropped the bombshell that Twitter is also providing the Justice Department "any direct messages, any mentions" as well, which appears to be a gross violation of Twitter users' privacy.

Twitter tries to present itself as a politically neutral media platform, but as this latest Project Veritas bombshell video confirms, it is anything but. The meeting actually occurred on January 3, 2018.

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

The statement responded to this claim as well, claiming that "Twitter does not shadowban accounts". He argued that the automation would not suppress political viewpoints, only toxic speech.

With a bit of prompting for details as to what Twitter could effectively do, Haynes says, "Basically, giving them every single tweet that he's posted". Somebody's just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever. "It's not going to ban the mindset, it's going to ban, like, a way of talking".

Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter's Trust and Safety Team confirmed on undercover video during a Twitter holiday party that Twitter is working on an automated way to censor "shitty people". "It's something we're working on". "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".

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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