O'Keefe Exposes Twitter 'Shadow Banning' Of Opposing Views

Chris Menahan
Jan. 11, 2018

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas dropped a new video Thursday showing Twitter software engineers discussing how they use secret algorithms to shadow ban pro-Trump accounts and right-wingers, whom they call "rednecks."

The videos confirm everything we've always suspected. Additionally, they appear to currently be actively suppressing #ShadowBan much in the same way they admitted to suppressing #DNCLeak and #PodestaEmails during the 2016 election.

Highlights from Project Veritas:
•Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it’s going to ban a way of talking”

•Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu on shadow banning: “they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it”

•Former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai explains banning process: “if it was a pro-Trump thing and I’m anti-Trump… I banned his whole account… it’s at your discretion”

•When asked if banning process was an unwritten rule, Norai adds “Very. A lot of unwritten rules… It was never written it was more said”

•Olinda Hassan, Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety explains, “we’re trying to ‘down rank’… shitty people to not show up,” “we’re working [that] on right now”

•“Shadow banning” to be used to stealthily target political views- former Twitter engineer says, “that’s a thing”

•Censorship of certain political viewpoints to be automated via “machine learning” according to Twitter software engineer

•Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans”
I wonder how many of these engineers Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hired to carry out this censorship of American "rednecks" are foreigners here on H-1B visas?

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