Twitter Caught Silencing O’Keefe Amid Censorship Expose

Twitter Caught Silencing O’Keefe Amid Censorship Expose

With O’Keefe suspension, Twitter confirms authenticity of Project Veritas videos

Kit Daniels
Prison Planet.com
January 11, 2018

Twitter unblocked James OKeefes account after suffering massive backlash for silencing the Project Veritas founder as his expose on Twitters political censorship started going viral.

Before the suspension, OKeefe was gaining nearly 10,000 Twitter followers a day after his journalists caught Twitter engineers on tape bragging about how the social media site shadow bans non-liberal viewpoints and was trying to topple President Trump.

The suspension was likely an attempt by Twitter to bury the news story exposing company practices, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was ultimately bombarded with over 20,000 tweets demanding he lift OKeefes suspension.

Twitter is trying to block our journalism, OKeefe said.

In the sting videos, Twitter engineers explains the steps they were taking to censor political content they didnt like, including a process called shadow banning.

One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control, said former Twitter employee Abhinov Vadrevu. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they dont know theyve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content.

So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.

The mainstream media has used a similar tactic for years by burying news stories that painted establishment luminaries in a bad light, such as the attempts to downplay Hillary Clintons health issues during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But Twitter is apparently taking this tactic one step further by automating censorship.

Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not its a positive thing or a negative thing, said Twitter engineer Steven Pierre.

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