Watch: Video Reveals Twitter Engineers Purposely Censor People They ‘Disagree With’

By Regis Giles

Undercover video footage shows what appears to be Twitter staff and former employees admitting how they censored posts and people they disagreed with; without them ever knowing either. ‘James O’Keefe, Project Veritas founder, posted a video showing an undercover reporter speaking to Abhinov Vadrevu, a former Twitter software engineer, at a San Francisco restaurant on January 3,’ reports the Daily Mail. Vadrevu revealed a technique called ‘shadow banning’ which he described below: ‘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 and 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.’ Initially this was created to find fake bots and scammers, but was used in an abusive manner apparently. Via the Daily Mail: Olinda Hassan, a policy manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, was also filmed at a Twitter holiday party on December 15, talking about how the social network was developing an automated system for ‘down ranking’ ‘shi**y people’. Another Twitter engineer claimed that staff already have tools to censor pro-Trump or conservative content. But it doesn’t stop there. One Twitter engineer appeared to suggest that the social network was trying to ‘ban, like, a way of talking.’ Anyone found to be aggressive or negative ‘will just vanish.’ ‘Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it’s a positive thing or a negative thing,’ said Steven Pierre, a Twitter software engineer, on December 8. He proposed developing an automated censure system. ‘And whether Click to see the original article      

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