Twitter has some serious explaining to do. Conservatives have often felt that Twitter shows a left-wing bias. There have been reports of shadow banning, deemphasizing hashtags damaging to Democrats, and reports of outspoken conservatives being banned for ‘hate speech’ that amounts to nothing more than conservative opinion. The media and the left have waved this off as nothing more than right-wing propaganda. Today, we can now confirm that Twitter has been actively working against conservatives.
Because they just admitted it:
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 2, 2017
On October 31, Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Twitter was called to discuss possible interference by Russia during the 2016 election. While under oath Edgett admitted that Twitter concealed damaging information about Hillary Clinton under the false pretense that it could have come from Russia:
“Edgett said that Twitter systems concealed substantial numbers of tweets relating to hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee as well as from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, despite the fact that it knew that only a tiny percentage of these could have even ‘potential links to Russia.’
“’We found that slightly under 4% of Tweets containing #PodestaEmails came from accounts with potential links to Russia,’ Edgett said in his written testimony, whereas of tweets bearing the #DNCLeak, ‘roughly 2% were from potentially Russian-linked accounts,’ he said.”
Even though only 4% of these tweets came from Russia, they hid 48% of them. Breitbart reported on this when it happened. They noticed the discrepancy right away:
“As Breitbart News reported in the summer of 2016, users accused Twitter of censoring WikiLeaks’ DNC email release by swapping the trending #DNCLeaks hashtag with the far less popular singular #DNCLeak.
“#DNCLeaks was one of the top trending topics on Twitter on July 22 with over 250,000 tweets reportedly made under the hashtag after the WikiLeaks release of more than 19,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.
“Later on in the day, however, the hashtag reportedly disappeared from the trending bar for some 20 minutes, before reappearing under the less popular hashtag ‘#DNCleak.’
“’The change meant that those investigating the new trending hashtag would not see all of the other posts tagged under the previous version, effectively hiding over 250,000 tweets from the public,’ the report noted.”
The leaked emails were a central part of the campaign. They were particularly damaging to Hillary Clinton even though the mainstream media refused, in large part, to report on much of what was contained in them. Social media was the primary source for distributing accounts of what was discussed in those emails. Now we know that Twitter actively worked to keep them under wraps.
There is no better word to describe this account other than censorship.
You can read the whole testimony here (pdf).