Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Trump’s “Shadow Banning” Tweet Isn’t Twitter’s Biggest Problem

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Trump’s “Shadow Banning” Tweet Isn’t Twitter’s Biggest Problem

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

There’s a not-so-subtle irony to the president of the United States tweeting that Twitter is suppressing prominent conservative voices in America—and almost instantly receiving tens of thousands of likes, retweets, and replies. But such are the times.

On Thursday, in the early morning hours typically reserved for tweets bashing China and the mainstream media, President Trump accused Twitter, arguably the most important platform in enabling his rise to power, of “shadow banning” conservatives. The tweet followed a Vice News story, which reported that Twitter is suppressing Republicans, including some members of Congress, by failing to surface their names in certain search results on the site, a practice Vice referred to as “shadow banning.” The president swiftly promised to “look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once.” (It’s worth noting that content moderation on tech platforms isn’t illegal.)

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