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Twitter is "shadow banning" elected Republican Party representatives and spokespersons on top of tons of prominent right-wing voices, but no prominent Democrats are being similarly censored according to a new report from VICE.
Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results -- a technique known as "shadow banning" -- in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.
Democrats are not being "shadow banned" in the same way, according to a VICE News review. McDaniel's counterpart, Democratic Party chair Tom Perez, and liberal members of Congress -- including Reps. Maxine Waters, Joe Kennedy III, Keith Ellison, and Mark Pocan -- all continue to appear in drop-down search results. Not a single member of the 78-person Progressive Caucus faces the same situation in Twitter's search.
Presented with screenshots of the searches, a Twitter spokesperson told VICE News: "We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box and shipping a change to address this." Asked why only conservative Republicans appear to be affected and not liberal Democrats, the spokesperson wrote: "I'd emphasize that our technology is based on account *behavior* not the content of Tweets."
That limits their visibility and the ease of finding their profiles compared to their liberal counterparts.Combined with the mass censorship of right-wing news sites on Facebook and the mass censorship of all right-wing media on Google and YouTube this is election interference on a level never before seen.
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