Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 7:58 am
Censored by Twitter for Mentioning Being Censored by Twitter
ENSORSHIP by Twitter has been getting absolutely ridiculous lately and I have devised methods to estimate the time (and thus cause) of shadowbans, as explained here last week. Twitter attempts to make shadowbans somewhat of an enigma; people are rarely aware of it and thus do not talk about it. If more people spoke about shadowbans, there would be anger and a lot of people would probably walk away. There seems to be a system of escalation with shadowbans, wherein the duration expands from 6 hours, to 12 hours, and now it’s always 24 hours in my case. It means people cannot see me in notifications, in search results, in hashtag pages, and cannot even see my replies to other tweets. That’s what shadowbans are and this is how they work; the visibility restrictions too seem to be escalating. Twitter is becoming more and more Draconian over time, and censorship is broadened using all sorts of pretexts, such as “hate speech”, “trolls”, “fake news” and so on (the excuse du jour).
The latest wave of shadowbans against me can be traced back to the following events:
- mentioning Vault 7 in response to Wikileaks tweets about Vault 7 upon the release of Vault 7 (definitely on topic, polite, and very highly ranked among the responses)
- being trolled by an Alt Reich troll and responding to that troll, the context being Wikileaks again.
- mentioning Menwith Hill, in an on-topic fashion, in response to a Wikileaks tweet about Deep State presence in Europe. The shadowban was applied very soon afterwards, which makes it seem like state secrets or something along those lines was the pretext/cause.
- mentioning censorship by Twitter, namely the above 3 shadowbans against me, in Twitter. Just say it to a large audience and see your tweet vanish from visibility.
Welcome to China!
In 10 days Twitter shadowbanned me for 96 hours (24 hours x 4), i.e. about half the time, for reasons that were not satisfactory unless one lives in China.
Welcome to Twitter. It’s like Facebook, just with shorter posts.