Kirsters Baish| Twitter has been under fire by conservatives in America after a Twitter direct messaging engineer named Pranay Singh admitted to mass banning accounts on the social media outlet which express interest in God, guns, and America. The admission came during a Project Veritas investigation.
Singh was secretly recorded by Project Veritas reporters. They caught him saying, “Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like, guns, God, ‘Merica, and with the American flag and the cross. Like, who says that? Who talks like that? It’s for sure a bot.”
Singh was then asked if he was able to get rid of the accounts or not. He replied, “Yeah. You just delete them, but, like, the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you’ve got to, like, write algorithms that do it for you.”
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 11, 2018
One undercover reporter then questioned Singh, “So if there’s like ‘American, guns,’ [in the account bio] can you write an algorithm to just take all those people out?”
Singh’s answer to the question is quite startling. To know that our rights are totally stripped of us by engineers who control social media pages is basically to know that these people control what we can and cannot say and think.
Singh answered the reporter with, “Umm, yeah, it’s actually how we do it. You look for ‘Trump,’ or ‘America,’ or any of, like, five thousand, like, keywords to describe a redneck, and then you look, and you parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then look for stuff that matches that stuff… You assign a value to each thing, so like Trump would be .5, a picture of a gun would be like 1.5, and if the total comes up above a certain value, then it’s a bot.”
One of the undercover reporters went on to ask the engineer if the “majority of the algorithms” are “against conservatives or liberals.” Singh’s response was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. He stated, “I would say a majority of it are for Republicans, because they’re all from Russia, and they wanted Trump to win.”
“So you would mostly just get rid of conservatives?” The reporter then questioned.
“Yeah,” Singh stated.
This guy openly admitted that he wants to rid Twitter of conservative accounts. There’s something seriously wrong with living in America, which used to mean living in a free country, and not being able to have your own viewpoint.
Singh wasn’t the only Twitter employee that said something of this nature. Other current Twitter employees and former Twitter employees admitted that the social media site uses censorship tactics during the Project Veritas investigation. Multiple employees admitted that they use “shadow banning” on pro-Trump accounts, accounts of conservatives, as well as what they dubbed as “shi**y people.”
If you’re not familiar with the term shadow banning it essentially means that they ban certain users from a platform without them even realizing. Users who have been shadow banned are usually just removed from the public’s eye. Other users are unable to interact with them, but the user who is shadow banned is not notified that they have been shadow banned, so they often don’t understand why their posts are not receiving and feedback.
Is this really what America has come to? The left is so terrified of conservatives that they are stooping to total and complete censorship online? It’s truly sickening what has happened to free speech in our country.