Twitter “Shadow Banning”
What is Shadow Banning?
The strategy of Shadow Banning so you have ultimate control. The idea of a Shadow Banning 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 Engineer Conrado Miranda confirms that Shadow Banning tools are already in place to censor pro-Trump or conservative content on the platform.
It was also revealed that more left-leaning content would go through their selection process with less political scrutiny, “It would come through checked and then I would be like ‘Oh you know what? This is okay. Let it go.’”
At a San Francisco bar on January 5th, Pranay Singh details how the shadow-banning algorithms targeting right-leaning are engineered:
“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 for Republicans.”