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Twitter seems to be banning "controversial" content more and more, and finding reasons to justify doing so.
TechCrunch - March 1st -
Twitter using analytics to ban people
Tech Crunch: Those getting banned complain that Twitter is denying them free speech, but Twitter’s Rules seem to indicate that when speech
promotes hate and harassment, there are repercussions. Like in the real world, you still have the right to say things or discuss your beliefs, but
your words may have consequences. (Such as getting fired from your job.) “We aim to only act on accounts when we’re confident, based on our
algorithms, that their behavior is abusive,” says Twitter of its updated algorithms, in a blog post. “Since these tools are new we will sometimes
make mistakes, but know that we are actively working to improve and iterate on them everyday,” its blog post explains.
There's a theory going around that Twitter is making "power" followers that follow accounts that are flagged, those with a big user base that follow
the flagged account
So in a hypothetical situation you have 100 followers, and 10 of these people have large amount of followers and you engage in sharing a page that
twitter has flagged, instead of shadow banning the account it seems they're making it more difficult for those with a large following to find the
tweets from that account, sometimes you get shown "this tweet is unavailable" and you know the other people 90 can see this tweet, but you cannot,
because they can't spread that information out there as effectively as you can, so they're using Analytical Data to silence people by proxy.
With the whole "Fake News" epidemic it seems more and more censorship is on it's way, now I'm fully behind banning "Hate Speech" those who post to
intentionally bully another person or group, what I'm not behind is them barring large accounts due to the user-base of that account having
"passionate" members, let's just bring politics into this, since everything is about politics nowadays.. but.. say Right Winged accounts having a
large fanbase, a Left Wing Account posts something controversial or something against the right wingers views, so the Right Winged account members,
let's say 15-20% decide to try and defend the Right Wing page, and go about it the right way, being ethical and polite, but using facts and starting a
general debate, now out of spite Left Wingers may flag those posts and they get a -1 in Twitter Analytics Scoring.
So 15-20% of that group are flagged for whatever reason.
Now let's say another 20-30% decide to go about things the wrong way and attack and harass the Left Wing account and these all get flagged too.
So they all get a -1 for every flag in twitter analytics.
And let's say every post that got flagged had some mention of both pages names like @LeftWingPage and @RightWingPage
Right wing page would get penalized because some users chose to get involved with politics and then the major players who got flagged would no longer
be able to see that page's tweets using the search function or through recommended tweets or whatever.
50% of those didn't engage in the debate at all so they're able to still see the page because none of them were flagged en masse, this page loses a
lot of "twitter engagements" and through analytics the page is now essentially dead in the water because all of the people actively engaging in that
page were silently censored from the posts.
Essentially this is a way to silently delay information from spreading, like the wiki leaks page for instance, if Twitter deems their articles fake
news, or encouraging harassment they won't ban you, they'll make you censor yourself by making you think the information isn't around because you're
too lazy to look further down the page for that information.
This is all a theory, I have no way of giving you absolute proof, but this is what I feel is going on behind the scenes with social media, censorship
is on the rise and free speech isn't free anymore.
Note to Mods: hopefully I posted this in the right place, if not please may you notify me which forum it should have been placed in then I'll make
sure I learn for next time.
Thank you for taking your time reading my post, have a great day!
edit on 17-3-17 by zGrimReapah because: Typo