President Trump blasted Twitter (via Twitter) this week after a study demonstrated that the alleged ‘shadow-banning’ of conservatives isn’t a conspiracy theory after all. The folks at Vice News demonstrated that conservative accounts weren’t auto-populating in search results as they’re supposed to, which essentially hides those accounts from users’ view, as if they don’t exist. Trump warned Twitter to stop the practice or he’d urge action by Congress. Of course Twitter blames a technical glitch, which Vice News pointed out must be a very partisan glitch that doesn’t affect liberals.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
If it’s tough to find conservatives on Twitter, it’s because Twitter is making it tough to find them. And Donald Trump wants to do something about that — even if it’s just venting. As John wrote yesterday, Vice News decided to investigate complaints by Republican officials that Twitter has “shadow-banned” them, screening their accounts out from search results, making it difficult for other users to follow them. Lo and behold, it turns out not to be a conspiracy theory but the actual truth:
The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar. (The accounts appear to also populate if you already follow the person.)
Twitter tried brushing this off as an algorithm problem, but as Vice News’ Alex Thompson discovered, the bug never seems to bite Democrats and progressives: