For years it has been discovered that sites like Facebook and Twitter have been filtering out converatives and conservative speech. There have been a lot of scientific studies of how this works, since the corporations themselves deny any political leanings in their algorithms for filtering speech. Time and time again it is shown that conservative speech is more often filtered or “shadow banned”.
In a recent Project Veritas investigation, top developers and strategists at Twitter were interviewed, and their candidate off-the-record accounting of how these algorithims work, shows that unwritten rules are applies against conservative speech. This is not just these employees genericly implying such algorithm properties exist, these are direct quotes from the current and former employees themselves.
Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans.”
This video release follows the first undercover Twitter exposé Project Veritas released on January 10th which showed a Twitter Senior Network Security Engineer saying that Twitter is “more than happy to help the Department of Justice with their little [President Donald Trump] investigation.”
In the rest of the video, Pranay Singh, a ‘direct messaging engineer’ with Twitter says the company is under pressure from “the U.S. government” to close down President Trump’s account. “Because they don’t like people messing with their politics, and he has shit on a lot of people.” He also said Twitter gets requests from the government to censor celebrities “all of the f*cking time.”
Olinda Hassan, Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety explains, “we’re trying to ‘down rank’… shitty people to not show up,” using machine learning. “We’re working [that] on right now.”
The Project Veritas video is here
A great tweet from Actor James Wood brings attention to this as well.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 12, 2018
It is also clear that facebook practices these similar policies against conservatives. From an article written by Gizmodo in 2016.
This is also found in the Federal Government via a recent scandal with the IRS targeting conservative groups and businesses for audits and harassment.