Twitter CEO Elon Musk has promised to deliver transparency after the latest "Twitter Files" release indicate that conservatives were being "shadowbanned."
The files implicated Twitter in using a complex suppression system against Twitter users the platform deemed problematic.
Musk has promised to deliver a transparent system that will allow users to see if they are shadowbanned. This is in response to the latest Twitter Files released by journalist Bari Weis.
Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you know clearly if you’ve been shadowbanned, the reason why and how to appeal
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
There was photo evidence of conservative personalities like Charlie Kirk and Dan Bongino having their Twitter reach throttled. These photos were of internal Twitter software.
Kirk's reach was throttled by being on a “Do Not Amplify” list. Bongino's account was added to a "search blacklist."
5. Twitter set the account of conservative activist Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) to “Do Not Amplify.” pic.twitter.com/dOyQIVdsW2
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
Nothing was off limits with this Twitter censorship as Twitter employees were even able to browse through users' direct messages.
So, Twitter is reading Direct Messages. pic.twitter.com/FCzMZeMeqv
— Louis Marinelli (@LouisJMarinelli) December 9, 2022
Twitter executives have long denied any use of shadowbanning. Back in 2018 former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the platform did not “shadowban anyone based on political ideology” in testimony to Congress.
Then-CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testifying before Congress in 2018: “Let me be clear about one important and foundational fact: Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions. … We do not shadowban anyone based on political ideology.”https://t.co/S8ZAGdu2GQ https://t.co/4VPRiI0UTC pic.twitter.com/odwevq8ZeR
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPai) December 9, 2022
Ian Miles Cheon posed a question to Elon Musk and Bari Weis: Were any political candidates — either in the US or elsewhere — subject to shadowbanning while they were running for office or seeking re-election?
Musk responded, "Yes."
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Buckle up because it looks like things are just starting to heat up.
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