Project Veritas Exposes Twitter “Shadow Banning”, Blocking Opposing Views

We have reported many times that under the Obama admistration in the USA, Internet techology companies, particularly those involved in search and social networking activities, had a too – cosy relationship with The White House and federal agencies, particularly those involved in security and surveillance. In Google’s case, this eagerness to cooperate with Obama’s authoritarian regime earned it a place at cabinet meetings in The White House. Out of these metings the belief that the government must censor internet content, a policy which has been carried on by Obama appointees under the Trump administration.

In the latest of a series of undercover operations targeting the mainstream media and now Social Media, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas has just dropped a new undercover video which reveals Twitter “shadow banning” and creating algorithms that censor certain ideas.

The video contains a how/why on Twitter “shadow bans” of certain users:

Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu: explains “One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting but no one sees their content.”

“So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it. I don’t know if Twitter does this anymore.”

Meanwhile, Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team explained on December 15th, 2017 at a Twitter holiday party that the development of a system of “down ranking shitty people” is in the works:

“Yeah. That’s something we’re working on,” she tells the camera, “It’s something we’re working on. We’re trying to get the shitty people to not show up. It’s a product thing we’re working on right now.”

In the full video (see below) Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Nora explains that Twitter doesn’t have an official written policy that targets conservative speech, but rather they were following “unwritten rules from the top”:

“A lot of unwritten rules, and being that we’re in San Francisco, we’re in California, very liberal, a very blue state. You had to be… I mean as a company you can’t really say it because it would make you look bad, but behind closed doors are lots of rules.

“There was, I would say… Twitter was probably about 90% Anti-Trump, maybe 99% Anti-Trump.”

Meanwhile, Pranay Singh reveals just how creepy Twitter can be by digging into your profile and conversation history to determine whether or not you’re a “redneck” and therefore worthy of being banned:

“Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.”

When asked if the majority of the algorithms are targeted against conservative or liberal users of Twitter, Singh said, “I would say majority of it are aimed at silencing Republicans.”

Twitter has been long accused of shadow banning and manipulating various metrics of user accounts. As Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars reported in August, 2016, Twitter was accused of suppressing tweets from then-candidate Trump in the home stretch of the US election, which some have construed as interfering.

Then in October, 2016, Dilbert creator Scott Adams was “shadowbanned” by Twitter, which he noted on his blog:

This weekend I got “shadowbanned” on Twitter. It lasted until my followers noticed and protested. Shadowbanning prevents my followers from seeing my tweets and replies, but in a way that is not obvious until you do some digging.

Why did I get shadowbanned?

Beats me.

But it was probably because I asked people to tweet me examples of Clinton supporters being violent against peaceful Trump supporters in public. I got a lot of them. It was chilling.

Late last week my Twitter feed was invaded by an army of Clinton trolls (it’s a real thing) leaving sarcastic insults and not much else on my feed. There was an obvious similarity to them, meaning it was organized.

At around the same time, a bottom-feeder at Slate wrote a hit piece on me that had nothing to do with anything. Except obviously it was politically motivated. It was so lame that I retweeted it myself. The timing of the hit piece might be a coincidence, but I stopped believing in coincidences this year.

And in March of 2017, Twitter was caught by Ed Dowd – a politically active former BlackRock money manager who noted in early February that Twitter was both “un-retweeting” several of his politically charged posts.

In one instance, Dowd made a decidedly subversive tweet pointing out that the NSA and CIA are “wiretapping” the entire country via continuously archived data collection – a story which Wired magazine broke in 2006 and gained tremendous clarity through the acts of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Another phenomenon Dowd noticed was that while he would gain followers throughout the day, there was a reliable “purge” of followers in the dead of night, all around the same time. He began keeping track, and though it wasn’t happening every night, it penciled out to around half a percent of his followers each time it happened, effectively capping his audience. Ed had questions; why was it almost always the same number of people? Who un-follows someone in the middle of the night? Considering most of Dowd’s followers are in North America, the un-followers were likely asleep when it was happening. The logical conclusion was that Twitter had been actively pruning Ed’s audience to limit his growth on the platform.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has throttled, censored, or banned conservatives who speak their mind. Documentarian, author, and noted Trump supporter Mike Cernovich (@cernovich) tweeted about his own fan base evaporating around the same time as Dowd began experiencing the un-follows

How Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Twitter Use Censorship to Kill Free Speech
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Most readers will know of people who have been kicked off the social networking site for designated periods of time for ‘violating community standards’ …

Facebook begins Europe-wide censorship campaign against free speech.
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CDC Admits as Many as 30 Million Americans Could be at Risk for Cancer Due to Polio Vaccine
Vaccine, that great profit driver for the pharmaceutical corporations, are under the spotlight again. This time it is a link between polio vaccine and cancer which makers and medical science has denied for fifty years that has finally been admitted by the US Centre for Disease control. How ironic they have owned up just weelks after the Obama administration granted Pharma corporations immunity from legal actions.
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Most readers will know of people who have been kicked off the social networking site for designated periods of time for ‘violating community standards’ …

How Mainstream Media And The Major Political Parties Are Making Sure Voters Do not Hear The Voices Of Politics’ Most Powerful Critics
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Will 2014 Go Down As The Year Propaganda Replaced Information?
Those of us who pay attention will have noticed that 2014 has topped all others for the manout of spin and propaganda spread by mainstream news organisations and government departments but also news took on a new aspect. Evidence and facts were replaced by whatever fantasy served the US and EU leadership and their corporate paymasters. Scary.

Smart Homes Reveal User Behavior, Prone to Hacks:
Our Internet-driven world filled with interconnected smart gadgets and computing applications is making us vulnerable to potentially life-changing hacks and tracking. Not only are modern cars open to being hacked, but also boats, planes, and GPS-driven weapons.

IBM Lays Billion Dollar Bet On Artificial Intelligence System Called Watson: They’ll Lose
This publication has always been sceptical of the claims made by computer scientists that’the thinking computer is just around the corner’. The fact is pointy heads have been saying arificual intelligence would be with us in two or three years for the past forty years. And the old computer professional who owns the site says we are no nearer than when he wrote his fisrt program.

The ‘Internet of Things’ 2025: Your life controlled by the smart grid

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Are privacy campaigners right to be worried about intrustive internet technology and the massive databases that log our behaviour and parse the data for patters that enable us to be targeted for advertising? Should we bee worried by surveillance or are those that raise doubts just scaremongering? The Orwell-huxley-Dick dystopianometer is rising.

Facebook boss Zukerberg Wants To Own The Internet
Facebook’s latest acquisition Whatsapp cost $19bn, that’s $40 per user. Whatsapp charge their users $1 per year. That means it will take Facebook 40 years to recover their outlay. And people are buying shares in this company? Insane.

Technowanks for technowankers with Google Glass?
Almost every day we are reporting the latest ‘breaktrhough in dehumanisation and a further step towards making us all slaves to technology. The scientists are out of control, semi – autistic nerds with no understanding of ethical boundaries are giving politicians with no scruples about reviving Naziism the tools to enslave us.

Facebook Are Nazis – We Told You So
All the Greenteeth Labyrinth pages have consistently warned that the most successful internet companies, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter etc. are led by people with authoritarian, even fascistic tendencies and a world domination complex which manifests itself as a desire to establish a monopoly position in their field. Facebbk are at the forfront of this fascist cartel.

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

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Dystopian Fiction Becomes Political Reality

I have been following the propaganda of the establishment led campaign to keep us in the European Union, the half truths, the scaremongering, the misrepresentations, and this is what it brought to mind.

“In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”

George Orwell, 1984

Five minutes in Facebook or Twitter should be enough to convince you of the truth of the above paragraph. If it isn’t, try reading this article, which though by an American writer is relevant because the same charge towards totalitarianism and The New World Order is going on over the pond too.

The delicious irony is that those people screaming that Donald Trump is a fascist, a racist, the spawn of Satan, are campaigning in support of the totalitarian agenda they claim to loathe. If you really care about freedom, instead of letting the latest batch of Facebook memes do you thinking for you and jumping on the bandwagons with the rest of the sheeple, support the anti establishment candidates for whichever electoral system you are entitled to vote in.


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Twelvth night smile

Twelveth Night everyone – and a reminder that it is now only 355 days until we have to do it all again. Not many parties tonight I guess as it is Sunday, but I thought we could finish the holiday with a smile.

Someone sent me this picture that made me laugh. Nothing to do with Chistmas (for which we are eternally grateful, but it made me laugh. OK I know I have a sick sense of humour but … give it a chance.

Merry non Christmas everyone. Have a good one.

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There Really Is No Hope For Humanity #nowthatchersdead

There really is no hope for humanity. I have said this before but I’m sure the death of Margaret Thatcher has thrown up evidence to convince even the most obdurate glass-is-half-full idiot.

According to my Twitterwatcher sources the site asked people to use the hashtag #nowthatchersdead on Twitter to post tweets rejoicing in the fact that Margaret Thatcher is dead.

This proved a bit too complicated for the twits who are not known for having a measurable IQ. Many of them went into emotional meltdown, saying what a tragedy it was and how the lady had always made such great records and even aged over 40 had looked devastatingly sexy straddling a giant weapon.

What did these morons think the Iron Lady of Grantham had done on her days off from handbagging poor Michael Foot?

Take a good long look at the hashtag. At first glance it could read “Now That Cher’s Dead” instead of “Now Thatcher’s Dead.” And people who use Twiiter tend to have the attention span of a flea so second glances or good long looks are non starters.

The Boxer Turns

I’ve often vented my anger on these pages about the mindless, probably useless, shit-for-brains who post derogatory comments to – usually – sports people who may not have got the gold but have at least achieved something in their lives and ploughed in a lot of effort for a lot of years to achieve that achievement.

So I was well chuffed to learn that boxer Chris Woodhouse, on checking his Twitter account and finding that @jimmyob88 had termed him a “disgrace” and “#awasteofspunk” following his defeat on points for the English Light Welter weight title found out where @jimmyob88 lived, jumped into his car and on reaching his destination tweeted a picture of @jimmyob88’s street sign along with the words, “Right Jimbob, I’m here!!!” followed by a request for someone to tell him what number the little troll lived at.

Funnily enough Chris received a grovelling apology from @jimmyob88.

As our dear old Mum used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.”

Or perhaps don’t choose to say it about boxers who could be a bit miffed having just lost a title!

Absolutely Fabulous SuBo Dahling

Anyone who watched the brilliant television comedy Absolutely Fabulous could be forgiven for thinking people who work in PR are a bit thick.

Well OK, a lot thick. The main character Edie (Jennifer Saunders) was stupid, shallow, self centred, self regarding, selfish and wouldn’t be seen dead in Selfridges sweetie. And the show gave us a strong impression that everybody else in the ‘industry’ was much the same.

So are public relations people really as thick and narcissistic as Premiership footballers and “meeja celebrities”?

If the people who look after Susan Boyle’s relationship are anything to go by the answer is yes. For a new Twitter campaign promoting something or other by the monobrowed soprano they came up with the hashtag that had SuBo trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons #susanalbumparty

I would really rather not think about what it might refer to.

Twit Of The Year Award

Monty Python once featured a sketch entitled “Upper Class Twit Of The Year.”

Now thanks to Twitter twittishness is no longer the preserve of the upper classes, any arsehole can join in.

So following the revelation that Rebecca Addlington, double Olympic gold medallist,and Jessica Ennis,double European and World Champion heptathlete, do not read any messages before competitions, on account of there always being some messages of a disparaging nature in among the good wishes, we now learn that a Twit, calling himself Rileyy69, tweeted an offensive message to Tom Daley, our Olympic diving hope and former world diving champion, and also the athlete women of a certain age would most like to mother, aawww, he’s so cute!

Little Tom’s response was quite grown up really in that he re-tweeted the message with a comment along the lines of ” see the kind of idiots I have to put up with.”

Well Rileyy69 soon got the message that you don’t say nasty things to a potential National Treasure, so he tweeted an apology, but this failed to stop other twits sending him abusive tweets so he laid into Tom again.

Rileyy69 is allegedly a 17 year old from Dorset, and he has now been arrested and charged under the Malicious Communications Act, which makes it “an offense to send an electronic communication that conveys a grossly offensive message intended to cause distress or anxiety”.

Now I don’t know but I’d be willing to bet that young Rileyy has not achieved very much in his short life so far, he probably won’t have made it into the school swimming gala and I can imagine that if he ever stood on a 10 metre diving platform the best he could manage would be a bomb and safest probably a shamefaced climb back down the ladder.

It would appear that he doesn’r compete at international level in any event, not even tiddlywinks or conkers, so while I think arresting him is probably going too far, haven’t the police got anything better to do with their time, I think I’d be inclined to take him up to the 10 metre platform and force him to dive off. A belly flop from 30 odd feet should prove a reliable way to make him take to heart those words our mothers, grandmothers and teachers drummed into us at an early age, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Oh, and of course he has achieved something, The Boggartblog Twit Of The Year Award.