Have you ever heard of “shadowbanning”?
Shadowbanning is a digital technique which makes it significantly more difficult for someone to be found, or followed on the internet. Not surprisingly, it is usually used against people whom the “shadowbanners” disagree with politically.
Daniel John Sobieski, writing for americanthinker.com, has put together a highly illuminating tutorial on shadowbanning” – how it works and how it is used by the left in this country.
I urge you to read Mr. Sobieski’s piece. Every word of it. But here is the beginning:
Twitter, like its Facebook cousin, now claims to have “fixed” the “error” involving the failure of prominent conservatives such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to not appear in Twitter’s search box and denies it engages in the practice known as “shadow banning”:
Twitter has denied shadowbanning, saying that the apparent suppression of autocomplete search suggestions for Republican congressman Matt Gaetz is an “error.” A Twitter spokeswoman denied shadowbanning exists, and told Breitbart News that the issue with Matt Gaetz’s search results is being fixed:
As we have said before, we do not shadowban. We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box, and [are] shipping a change to address this. The profiles, Tweets and discussions about these accounts do appear when you search for them.
Yes, Virginia, shadowbanning exists as Twitter plays “trick or tweet” with conservatives. As a shadowbanned Twitter user, I have seen my tweets suddenly become “unavailable,” followers suddenly “unfollow” en masse, Twitter analytics stats suddenly flatline and set to zero, and attached photos or explanatory graphics suddenly become “unavailable”. If you are a prolific Twitter conservative, you will be accused of “automated” behavior and have your account locked or even suspended. Once I was suspended for “aggressive following behavior” just for following all conservative accounts Twitter suggested I should follow.
Various forms of this political censorship (what would you call it) have been utilized by social media for the past several years. And the formula always seems to be the same: when it is uncovered, there is a half-baked “apology” and an assurance that it was just some random error.
The problem is that “random errors” can work in favor or against any group…but these “random errors” seem to work just about exclusively against political conservatives.
And since most social media giants are owned by people who are anything but politically conservative, that makes it just a bit hard to believe in the idea of random error. More like damn near impossible.
Not being very tech savvy, I do not know what can be done about this. But if I were on the aggrieved side of the aisle I would be aggressively seeking people who do. And putting them to work immediately.