Project Veritas Exposes Twitter’s Targeted Censorship Of Conservatives
The investigative film journalism of ‘Project Veritas’ founder James O’Keefe is infamous for taking down law-breaking Leftist operations like ACORN and exposing the unethical behavior of Hollywood and news journalists. Now they have released multiple videos of senior Twitter employees explaining how they target and censor Trump supporters and conservatives in general with covert practices.
Watch and read below for the damning expose.
“In the latest undercover Project Veritas video investigation, current and former Twitter employees are on camera explaining steps the social media giant is taking to censor political content that they don’t like.
This video release follows the first undercover Twitter exposé Project Veritas released on January 10th which showed Twitter Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes saying that Twitter is “more than happy to help the Department of Justice with their little [President Donald Trump] investigation.” Twitter responded to the video with a statement shortly after that release, stating “the individual depicted in this video was speaking in a personal capacity and does not represent of speak for Twitter.” The video released by Project Veritas today features eight employees, and a Project Veritas spokesman said there are more videos featuring additional employees coming.
On January 3rd 2018 at a San Francisco restaurant, Abhinov Vadrevu, a former Twitter Software Engineer explains a strategy, called “shadow banning,” that to his knowledge, Twitter has employed:
“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.”
Twitter is in the process of automating censorship and banning, says Twitter Software Engineer Steven Pierre on December 8th of 2017:
“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. And whether it’s positive or negative doesn’t (inaudible), it’s more like if somebody’s being aggressive or not. Right? Somebody’s just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever. They may have point, but it will just vanish… It’s not going to ban the mindset, it’s going to ban, like, a way of talking.”
Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team explains 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. 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.”
Former Twitter Engineer Conrado Miranda confirms on December 1st, 2017 that tools are already in place to censor pro-Trump or conservative content on the platform. When asked whether or not these capabilities exist, Miranda says, “that’s a thing.””
For a company that prides itself on being a platform for free speech, fueling uprisings across the world, and serving as an instantaneous medium for news and opinion, the concerted effort to silence conservatives and President Trump himself is alarming.
Brent Bozell, who heads up the Media Research Center, is calling on Titter CEO Jack Dorsey to explain himself:
“Dear Mr. Dorsey,
By now, you have no doubt seen the devastating and damning videos released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. In these videos, one Twitter employee after another is caught on tape smugly celebrating how conservatives are “shadow-banned” on your platform.
Project Veritas’s videos provide evidence which cannot be disputed.
The purpose of this letter is to ask if censorship of conservative voices is the official policy at Twitter. If not, what steps are you going to take to remedy this situation and release to assuage the public of Twitter’s commitment to free speech?
We are releasing this letter publicly and will distribute it to our millions of grassroots supporters. We will also release publicly your response or lack thereof. “
It will be very interesting how Twitter responds, considering their intitial response after the first video release essentially disowned the employee and implied it was an isolated, personal example that did not reflect company policy. Then the other videos were dropped…and there may be more.