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some disturbing new trends have emerged in the world of social media


Adventures in Twitter Censorship



“Earlier this week, an issue caused some Tweets to be delivered inconsistently across browsers and geographies. We’ve since resolved the issue though affected Tweets may take additional time to correct.”

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules

It appears to work much like a spam filter, except instead of hiding bots and copy-paste marketers, it screens “threats, offensive language, [and] duplicate content” out of your notifications feed.



to keep sensitive, triggerable eyes from accidentally discovering their opinions

Tweets that are flagged by this feature can be viewed by users that explicitly seek them out, but will be hidden by default to the broader Twitter base.


“To be perfectly honest, sounds like this is happening due to a combination of systems and/or features,” 


He doubts that Twitter is allowing brands to censor content they don’t like, “but it may be the case that their automated classifiers which deal with harmful content make mistakes.”

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.


content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive

creating the risk of “collateral censorship” by wrongfully blocking perfectly legitimate websites



“Hate speech has no place in our society — not even on the internet.”


She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.

A guide to politically correct speech


“The only way to track these kinds of phenomenons, is in real time, grab as much information as possible, from as many geographies as possible. Due to the nature of what’s being examined, raw data isn’t enough — what’s needed in this case are screenshots,”


“protecting users from abuse” was an excuse to implement a system that would later be used for political censorship


We can no longer afford to sit back and take a free internet for granted.

the people’s right to learn about them and to use their own judgments




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