Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., remains mum following explosive revelations from the “Twitter Files” that were reported by journalist Bari Weiss after he called Twitter’s censorship efforts toward conservatives “bullshit.”
During a 2018 congressional hearing with then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Doyle tried to defend the tech giant by suggesting that Twitter was an “equal opportunity ghost banner” and was based on algorithms rather than political biases.
“You didn’t just ban four Republicans. You banned 600,000 people across your entire platform around the world who had people following them and had certain behaviors that caused you to demote them . Is it correct ?” Doyle asked.
“Correct,” Dorsey replied.
“So it was never targeted at conservative Republicans. It was targeted at a group of 600,000 people because of the people who were following them. And then you determine that it wasn’t fair and you corrected that practice, n ‘is this not ?” Doyle followed.
“Okay,” Dorsey said.
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“So just for the record, since you were named as a social media platform before this committee, Twitter has not undertaken any behavior to selectively censor conservative Republicans or conservative voices on your platform. Is is that correct?” the sad democrat
“Right,” Dorsey replied.
Good,” Doyle replied. “So let the record reflect that, because that’s what we’re supposed to be here for, because House Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote a letter to our president and said: “Hey, this is happening and we think your committee should investigate this,’ and that’s a load of bullshit.”
Doyle’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Fox News.
Ironically, Doyle also went viral for a separate exchange he had with Dorsey at that same hearing, asking him bluntly if Twitter censors conservatives.
“I want to read some quotes about Twitter practices and just want you to tell me if they’re true or not,” Doyle said. “Social media is rigged to censor conservatives. Is this true for Twitter? »
“No,” Dorsey answered.
“Do you censor people? Doyle then asked.
“No,” Dorsey answered.
“Prominent Republicans who ban shadow on Twitter…is that true?” Doyle followed.
“No,” Dorsey said.
During the same hearing, then-Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, grilled Dorsey over his past claim that Democratic politicians were also affected by the shadow ban. Asked if he could identify which Democrats were affected, Dorsey declined to say, saying it was to “protect their privacy.”
“Can you personally vouch that this statement is a true assertion that there are Democratic politicians who, when you did the automatic search, did not show up?” Barton asked.
“Yes,” Dorsey said.
When asked what percentage of affected accounts were Democrats versus Republicans, Dorsey dodged specifics, but told Barton the results were “not impartial.”
“Do you discriminate more on philosophy, like anti-conservative versus pro-liberal?” Barton asked.
“No, our policies and algorithms do not take any affiliation, philosophy or point of view into consideration,” Dorsey replied.
In a separate exchange with Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Dorsey insisted that the algorithm that led to the phantom banning of several Republican lawmakers “was not written with that intent.”
Dorsey’s testimony appears to directly contradict reporting by The Free Press editor Bari Weiss, who was asked by current Twitter owner Elon Musk to dig into the “Twitter Files.”
“A new #TwitterFiles investigation finds teams of Twitter employees blacklisting, blocking disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limiting the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics, all in secret, without informing them. users,” Weiss began Thursday.
She pointed to Stanford University’s Dr Jay Bhattacharya, a longtime opponent of COVID groupthink during the pandemic who has spoken out against lockdowns.
“Twitter secretly put him on a ‘trending blacklist,’ which kept his tweets from trending,” Weiss reported.
She reported that Fox News host Dan Bongino had been placed on a “wanted search blacklist” and that Twitter had Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk on “Do Not Amplify”.
Weiss revealed that “shadow banning,” a term described for secretly removing the presence of Twitter users without their knowledge, was referred to by Twitter executives and employees as “visibility filtering” or “VF “.
““Think of viewability filtering as a way for us to remove what people see at different levels. It’s a very powerful tool,” a senior Twitter employee told us,” Weiss tweeted. “”VF” refers to Twitter’s control over user visibility. It has used VF to block searches by individual users; to limit the scope of discoverability of a particular tweet; to prevent certain messages from being users from appearing on the ‘trending’ page; and being included in hashtag searches. All without the users’ knowledge.”
The freelancer also reported that Libs of TikTok is under intense scrutiny from a specific group called Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support (SIP-PES). The popular account has been placed on a “trend blacklist” designated as “Do not act on user without consulting SIP-PES”.
“The account – which Chaya Raichik launched in November 2020 and now has over 1.4 million subscribers – was subject to six suspensions in 2022 alone, Raichik says. Each time, Raichik was blocked for a Twitter repeatedly informed Raichik that she had been suspended for violating Twitter’s policy against “hateful conduct. But in an October 2022 internal SIP-PES memo, after her seventh suspension, the committee said acknowledged that “LTT did not directly engage in behavior contrary to the Hateful Conduct Policy,” Weiss revealed.
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The first episode of “The Twitter Files,” shared Friday by Substack writer Matt Taibbi, offered some insight into what led to Twitter’s removal of the The History of Hunter Biden’s Laptop during the 2020 presidential election. At the time, Twitter alleged that it was enforcing its “pirated material” policy which prohibited the sharing of digitally stolen material on the platform despite any evidence that the laptop had been pirate.
Taibbi reported that the decision to censor the Hunter Biden scandal was made at the highest levels on Twitter, but without the knowledge of its then CEO, Jack Dorsey.
In the third installment of the “Twitter Files,” Taibbi revealed the internal deliberations that led to the impeachment of former President Trump following the Jan. 6 riots and the evolution of restrictions imposed on other users during and after the riots. 2020 elections.
Fox News’ Jeffrey Clark contributed to this report.