Friday, January 27, 2023

Twitter was a shadow banning machine

Dave Rubin's Jaw-Dropping Walk Through Twitter HQ: Bans, 'Secret Labels', and What Elon Is Doing to Clean It Up

One of the things they found, after the engineers started diving into what was going on, was what a mess everything was and how much shadowbanning was going on.

Rubin said they found a lot of “secret labels” designed to reduce people’s traffic. His account had all three: “Recent abuse strike,” “Recent misinformation strike,” and “Recent suspension strike.” Rubin had “innocuous tweets” that were labeled NSFW or NSFA (not safe for ads) ,which would affect visibility in the timeline. He said there was a whole “keyword database” of words that could affect your visibility and make you not advertiser friendly, including the word “gay.” Rubin found out that the “recent suspension strike” came from July 2022 because he objected to the suspension of Dr. Jordan Peterson. Even though Peterson’s account has now been unsuspended, the strike on Rubin’s account was still there.

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