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Bad actions by big tech is one of the most important issues facing America today. And what makes it so very difficult to address — just ask any attorney general who has tried to subpoena Facebook or Google — is that big tech giants have all the evidence and only give out what they want to. And they don’t want to give out much.

The surest proof of bias lies behind the magic curtain of these monster companies in Silicon Valley. But unless you’ve pledged undying loyalty to the Secret Fraternity of The Brotherhood of the Newsfeed Algorithm, you will never see the inner workings of the most influential and persuasive pieces of software code in the world.

And none of us seemed to notice — or care — until big tech started taking action after now-President Donald Trump’s political prominence began rising in 2015. Not surprisingly, their actions seemed to target activists on one side of the ideological spectrum.

Maybe my use of the word “seemed” is too generous.

“Of 22 prominent, politically active individuals who are known to have been suspended [by Twitter] since 2005 and who expressed a preference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, 21 supported Donald Trump,” reported Richard Hanania, a Ph.D and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, in a February study.

Twitter’s actions have not gone unnoticed by the president.

Back in March, Trump called out the bias of Facebook, Google and Twitter by claiming they were on the side of the “Radical Left Democrats.” Trump also compared them to the “corrupt” mainstream media.

But since March, nothing has improved and Twitter’s actions have been anything but neutral. So, over the weekend, Donald Trump blasted the company again.

“Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

“It’s called Freedom of Speech, remember. You are making a Giant Mistake!”

According to Hanania’s research, Trump has every reason to be upset.

“Indeed, assuming some randomness in enforcement unrelated to bias, one would have to assume that conservatives were at least four times as likely as liberals to violate Twitter’s neutrally applied terms of service to produce even a 5% chance (the standard benchmark) that a 22-data point sample would yield a result as skewed as 21-1,” Hanania wrote.

Let me interpret that for you. That means that according to Hanania, Twitter is taking action against Trump supporters at four times the rate the company is taking action against those who didn’t support Trump.

The idea that Trump supporters are violating Twitter’s terms of service four times more than those that don’t support Trump “doesn’t seem credible,” observed Hanania.

Hanania isn’t buying it. And it’s clear Donald Trump isn’t buying it either.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Robert

    June 11, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Why doesn’t everyone sign on and support the new platform, Parler, then? Parler dot com

    It’s one of the top 5 hottest apps in the Apple Store and is gaining momentum fast. It is specifically aiming to supplant Twitter. Whether you are a social media person or not, getting and using an account can literally make a difference in overthrowing Twitter.

    Parler’s founder is about free speech, so everything that isn’t illegal or inciting violence goes… as in, protecting the 1st Amendment, regardless of political affiliation. If it matters, he’s a Christian. Saw his interview with Miller.

    Facebook is next.

  2. Trump 2020

    June 11, 2019 at 12:47 am

    I’m still banned from Twitter on two phone numbers.
    I was suspended for seven days on Facebook twice. I was suspended on Facebook for 30 days twice. And all for committing the horrible crime of defending President Trump from the leftist foul language and threats of assault. Nothing ever happened to them that I’m aware of. They were simply allowed to do it repeatedly. I’ve never used any foul language or threaten anyone. Simply Responded to personal attacks and lies about President Trump.
    It is OK to insult and threaten the president of the United States on social media if you are a member of black lives matter, antifa, feminist, LGBTQIA…WXYZ, socialist, communist, GOP never Trumper‘s, or any other hate group or individual that just does not like Trump.
    *President Trump simply needs to make a website where people can list their name and email address or phone number, however they signed up on these social media’s, and have the Justice Department investigate Trump supporters that have been banned from social media.

    • errollus

      June 11, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Am I missing something here? Twitter wants radical socialism like China but Twitter is banned in China?

      • Trump 2020

        June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

        Trudat

  3. Stella Honeycutt

    June 11, 2019 at 12:48 am

    If I write anything about Republicans or President Trump. It is consider to be offending to someone. Well I am offended because my post goes to be Offensive to someone.

  4. Randy Sieg

    June 11, 2019 at 2:26 am

    On the seventh day of the suspension I got the following message from Facebook… “Your post is now back on Facebook. We are sorry we got it wrong.” What a bunch of BS… here is a way to suppress free speech & impose a sanction & then hide behind a self serving statement of absolution…

    • JAIME.

      June 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

      FAKEBOOK Is a waste of time …

  5. Dan Meyer

    June 11, 2019 at 3:07 am

    All the patriots are leaving Twitter in droves and we’re all LOVING it on Parler where there’s freedom of speech and we get real news, not fake news! Come join us on Parler!You LOVE it! So much fun!

    Dan
    Parler @Halfdan

  6. Maureen

    June 11, 2019 at 3:25 am

    I have been suspended from FB once and Twitter most recently for responding to an Alyssa Milano and one of her hateful posts on John Voight. I used the same words to describe her as she used to describe John Voight, and my post was deemed hateful while her post was not affected at all. Definite hypocrisy and censorship at Twitter!

  7. Debbie

    June 11, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I was kicked off Twitter for calling Alyssa Milano a cunt. I’m not sorry for it!

  8. MarieAnna Dvorak

    June 11, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Propaganda (brainwashing) and censorship (dysfunction opposing party) are the prime elements of totalitarianism, which is always one-party system. If the initiators of communism were in power, the people who are banned from SM would face political prison. There is no defense. DOJ acts accordingly to no1 government org., which is secret service. I detected this political movement of transformation in 2013. It is also the reason why they want to impeach President Trump. Fighting censorship is like removing weed without its roots.

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