Fears of Shadow Banning and Conservative Targeting on Twitter Confirmed?

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Project Veritas Video Confirms Years of Breitbart Tech Reporting on Twitter

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The latest exposé from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas delved into the world of Silicon Valley darling Twitter, confirming years of Breitbart Tech’s reporting on the company.

In the latest video published by Project Veritas, the investigative journalism team headed by James O’Keefe, the group went undercover in Silicon Valley to find out how Twitter really operates behind the scenes. Project Veritas’ reporting confirmed a number of reports published by Breitbart Tech, such as the prevalence of shadow banning, a method of preventing Twitter user’s content appearing in their follower’s newsfeeds — and thus not spreading normally, Twitter’s use of bots to attack pro-Trump and pro-America accounts, and Twitter’s open bias against conservative users regularly banning their accounts based on the personal politics of Twitter’s account reviewers.

Here are just a few of the reports Breitbart News has published that Veritas has now confirmed,

1: Shadow Banning

Now, Project Veritas has confirmed Breitbart Tech’s reporting through an undercover conversation with former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu who said the following to one of Project Veritas’ undercover reporters,

The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting but 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.

But at the end of the day, no one else interacts… No one else sees what you’re doing. So, all that data is just thrown away. It’s risky though. Because people will figure that shit out and be like… You know, it’s a lot of bad press if, like, people figure out that you’re like shadow banning them. It’s like, unethical in some way. You know? So, I don’t know.

In the past people have been really, really pissed off about that. And even people who haven’t been shadow banned have called it, like, a really terrible thing to do. So, yeah, it’s a risky strategy.

I definitely know Reddit does this, but I don’t know if Twitter does this anymore

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