A bombshell ‘Twitter Files’ drop on Thursday appears to show former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other top executives lied about “shadow banning” conservatives in his testimony before Congress in 2018.
“Shadow banning” is essentially the idea that a user’s account is being secretly throttled – hidden from other users – without the platform notifying the user that they’ve done something wrong to deserve it.
The evidence was presented on Twitter by journalist Bari Weiss as part of new owner Elon Musk’s attempt to get to the bottom of the censorship that was taking place on the platform. Internal company files show employees, not algorithms, built blacklists and filtered content without a user’s knowledge.
Most notably, Weiss revealed a process behind closed doors utilizing a system known as “Visibility Filtering,” which was for all intents and purposes a form of shadow banning.
She writes that “multiple high-level sources confirmed its meaning.”
Visibility Filtering, or VF as it was referred to, was used to “block searches of individual users; to limit the scope of a particular tweet’s discoverability; to block select users’ posts from ever appearing on the ‘trending’ page; and from inclusion in hashtag searches.”
Twitter chief Elon Musk also confirmed that the shadow banning rules “were enforced against the right, but not against the left.”
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High-level executives at Twitter, including former CEO Jack Dorsey, repeatedly denied that the social media platform engaged in any form of shadow banning, including in testimony before Congress.
Dorsey told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 5th, 2018, that Twitter does not shadow ban anybody based on their political leanings.
“Let me be clear about one important and foundational fact: Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules,” proclaimed Dorsey.
“We do not shadowban anyone based on political ideology,” he added. “In fact, from a simple business perspective and to serve the public conversation, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform.”
Dorsey repeatedly kept up the defense in public statements.
Prior to the aforementioned testimony, Twitter executive Kayvon Beykpour tweeted, “To be clear, our behavioral ranking doesn’t make judgments based on political views or the substance of tweets.”
Dorsey shared Beykpour’s tweet and added his own thread of explanation on the matter.
“We don’t shadow ban,” Dorsey said, “and we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints.”
He would later suggest any perceived shadow banning was based on algorithms, something he’d again use as a defense in September of 2018.
Representative Thomas Massie pointed that out and noted the new ‘Twitter Files’ drop from Weiss clearly shows it was human beings pulling the trigger on bans, blacklists, and filtered content.
“When testifying before Congress, [Jack Dorsey] made it sound as if algorithms were to blame for bias, and that these algorithms were fixed,” Massie said.
“What we learned tonight is people, actual human beings with undeniable bias, were, and still are, responsible for the biased filtering of voices.”
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Dorsey also flat-out denied the shadow banning in response to a tweet by journalist Dave Rubin in October of 2020.
“Do you shadowban based on political beliefs?” asked Rubin. “Simple yes or no will do.”
Dorsey replied, “No.”
Weiss’ ‘Twitter Files’ reveal points out that Dorsey was one of several high-ranking executives to participate in a “Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support” group.
“This is where the biggest, most politically sensitive decisions got made,” she said, before quoting one Twitter employee who said, “Think high follower account, controversial,” accounts for which “there would be no ticket or anything.”
This group had accounts such as LibsofTikok tagged for review by ‘SIP-PES’ as they were called, tagged for further review and potential “spam enforcements” as a means of circumventing the safety team “under-enforcing their policies.”
In other words, if the safety team didn’t suppress the Tweets, the SIP-PES board would be notified and try to work ‘spam’ issues into the effort to limit reach.
Internal Slack messages suggest Dorsey was “on board” with policies that suppressed ‘misinformation’ because “limiting the spread/virality of content is a good way to do that.”
Despite the damning evidence, Musk has defended Dorsey as more of a person oblivious to what was going on behind closed doors at the company.
“Controversial decisions were often made without getting Jack’s approval and he was unaware of systemic bias,” Musk insisted. “The inmates were running the asylum.”
He added, “Jack has a pure heart (in my opinion).”
As Twitter CEO at the time, Dorsey should have had a better understanding of what his ‘inmates’ were doing before making statements to Congress that ultimately proved to be false.
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Let’s see what political bias leftists get for lying to Congress. A slap on the wrist as usual.
So when will Jack Dorsey, Kayvon Beykpour and all the others from Twitter be indicted? Lying to Congress is still a Federal offense, even with Biden the crooked Communist in the White House
Nothing will happen.
Pandora's box is open to expose all that was going on before Musk took over Twitter. It's not surprising that Musk should defend Jack Dorsey. They seem to be friends. Amongst all the political muck going on in Twitter, friends covering for friends is not unusual.
SO why isnt anyone being punished for lying to congress? If they are fined the fine should be distributed to those dmanaged no leftwing organizations who are the reson for the lying and crime in the first place.
Make the liars pay dearly!
Humans write the algorithms (sets of instructions) to do what they or their bosses want.
Last I heard, lying to Cong was a Federal offense. Lock them up.
So we will finally see jail time for lying to Congress by a left of center person Republican Congress????
Jack Dorsey should be held and charge with lying to Congress