Twitter CEO Elon Musk has released part two of the ‘Twitter Files’ titled ‘Twitter’s Secret Blacklists”. The details have been released in a Twitter thread by journalist Bari Weiss. Earlier, part one was also released in a Twitter thread by journalist and author Matt Taibi.
The thread claims that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users.
“Twitter once had a mission “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” Along the way, barriers nevertheless were erected,” Weiss mentioned.
She gave an example of Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya who was of the view that Covid-19 induced lockdowns would be harmful to children. Weiss said that Twitter put Bhattacharya on the ‘Trends Blacklist’ which prevented his tweets from trending.
3. Take, for example, Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) who argued that Covid lockdowns would harm children. Twitter secretly placed him on a “Trends Blacklist,” which prevented his tweets from trending. pic.twitter.com/qTW22Zh691
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
Following the release of the files, Elon Musk tweeted that the micro-blogging platform is working on a software update that will show users’ true account status, so they clearly know if they have been shadowbanned, the reason why, and how to appeal.
“Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you know clearly if you’ve been shadowbanned, the reason why and how to appeal.”
Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you know clearly if you’ve been shadowbanned, the reason why and how to appeal
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022