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Twitter: Setting the record straight on shadow banning (blog.twitter.com)
30 points by tenpies on July 27, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments

> We do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile).

I have no words.

Yeah, this was a pretty bizarre post. In effect saying "We don't technically shadowban, but we do suppress content in other ways!"

The whole second part of the title should be in quotes. It needs an edit.

> Tweets from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation should be ranked lower

So, people who disagree with Twitter could easily fall into this policy.

I am really starting to wonder about who is feeding data into Twitter's censorship system.

I'm curious too, not sure if this list has changed but this is what I could find: https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/a/2016/announcing-th...

> Tweets from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation should be ranked lower

So, donald trump? Or does he get a free pass to be abusive and divisive but all other users are held to a TOS?

Yeah they don't shadow ban. Sure, sometimes they will flat out suspend your account from 2009 (without warning) that's been doing the same job for years. @shareU :(

What if social media services started offering different versions of reality depending on your political position? So you would pick a faction and you would not see the same suggestions and have completely different search results from if you were in the other faction.

Instead of pointlessly sending traffic to outside websites, you could just offer completely fictional news articles geared towards whichever faction you were a part of. Granted, this isn't that different from the situation that exists now but why not just take it all the way? If anything, the news would become more compelling and competitive vis-a-vis other more imaginative content without the need for any grounding whatsoever in fact.

Anecdata: I don't use Twitter much, but people do send links to me occasionally. Ones from my conservative friends often go to "You are rate limited, please try again" or fail to load. Ones from my liberal friends almost never do.

Is it just me? Did I just read a blog post that said “We don’t do this thing I’m going to explain how we do the thing we don’t do.”

That PR reads like a Monty Python skit.

"That's a dead bird!"

"No it's not, it's just having a little sleep!"

etc. etc. etc.

It's time for us tech people move to Mastodon platform, the others will follow eventually.

Time to roll out a decentralized alternative.

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