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Friday, January 03, 2020

Twitter adds a new feature

Shadow-banning is now officially a feature of the Twitter services, according to their revised Terms of Use:
The process of limiting how many people can see posts from a certain Twitter account is commonly referred to as “shadow banning,” and many (including the company itself) have claimed that it is simply a conspiracy theory by conservatives and that Twitter does not limit the reach of content on its platform. But now, a change to Twitter’s terms of service appears to give the social media platform the right to do exactly that.

ReclaimTheNet.org notes that a recent change to Twitter’s terms of service adds that the company “may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service…”

Twitter does not clarify what content may be subject to “limited distribution or visibility” giving the company free rein to limit any content it sees fit.
Sadly, the Legal Legion can't take any credit for this particular modification. In other social media-related news, SG2 has added video for a very select number of Paragon accounts. We're just testing it now, so if you're on SG2 already, don't ask for it, please.

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27 Comments:

Blogger Talios Hammerfist January 03, 2020 12:09 PM  

Can't wait to get on SG! Keep up the good work.

Blogger Great Odin's Raven January 03, 2020 1:43 PM  

Agreed, looking forward to having a social media platform that's not a dumpster fire.

Blogger NateM January 03, 2020 1:48 PM  

If only Gab had that...

Blogger Warunicorn January 03, 2020 2:18 PM  

"Feature," aka, "Another tool for the totaltarians to wield. Openly."

High school cliques and gossip weren't as bad as Twitter.

Blogger Azimus January 03, 2020 2:19 PM  

It says "twit" right in the name... battleground of idiots...

Blogger lowercaseb January 03, 2020 2:40 PM  

SG2 is waiting in the wings...ready to take their lunch money. I'm looking forward to the next expansion phase. SG1 was a blast for that limited time it was up.

Blogger Silent Draco January 03, 2020 2:48 PM  

The first can of 2020 worms went up on their shelf. It'd be a shame if this became another ACME device and blew up in their faces.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 03, 2020 2:58 PM  

*...the company “may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service…”*

If Twitter is determining what it will or will not allow to be shown, does that make Twitter a publisher? What does the Legal Legion think?

Blogger Kevin January 03, 2020 3:10 PM  

So it's in their terms of use that they are curating content?

Blogger tublecane January 03, 2020 3:19 PM  

A conspiracy theory by conservatives. As if other "marginalized" groups ever stop whining about it. Are they judged by impartial, objective tweet scientists blindly on a tweet-by-tweet basis?

How could shadowbanning be a "conspiracy theory" when they're upfront about making you click to "show additional content" and such even when the tweets hidden beneath are indistiguishable from regular tweets? What, is that supposed to fall randomly on the just and the unjust tweeter alike?

They have simultaneously the goal of promoting conversational hygiene and, what, judging each tweet in isolation? Funneling people into echo chambers and, what, treating each echochamber equally? Including the clean one they're proud to show friends?

If you look at what they tell you they're doing and out out of your mind what they might possibly be up to additionally, it's almost impossible to imagine it without conspiracies.

Blogger Johnny January 03, 2020 3:54 PM  

Screw Twitter.

Blogger Ska_Boss January 03, 2020 3:58 PM  

When someone dismisses your claim as a conspiracy theory you know you are on the right track.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 03, 2020 5:53 PM  

If the president by law is not allowed to block anybody....oh wait he will do nothing about this because Jared McWormtongueshekelbergstein protects his friends in big tech.

Blogger David Ray Milton January 03, 2020 5:58 PM  

@GodEmperorMemes

I think VD has said that Twitter is a bit untouchable legally since their service are free. It can’t be tortious interference when there is no income being disturbed.

Looking forward to SG!

Blogger Samuraeh January 03, 2020 6:14 PM  

Twitter added the wrong features, instead they should have added edit link to post, smh.

Blogger Akulkis January 03, 2020 6:20 PM  

"curating content" as if they're a bunch of people with relevent PhD's running a museum, and NOT a bunch of freedom-hating SJWs and Hindu jerks who despise the thought of free and open speech and debate by people who disagree with them.

Blogger Argus Bacchus January 03, 2020 7:28 PM  

@6, @14

SG 2.0 is fantastic.

You're going to love it.

Blogger Akulkis January 03, 2020 9:17 PM  

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Blogger God Emperor Memes January 03, 2020 9:36 PM  

Wasn't thinking about it from a TI angle.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 03, 2020 11:07 PM  

OT, but I thought some here may have some thoughts on how a Cuckservative can lie and be elected governor in a Red State such as Tennessee. He's a Churchian who ran for Governor and postured for the Trump supporter votes. Diane Black was right.

https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2019/12/18/gov--bill-lee-announces-decision-on-refugee-resettlement.html

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 03, 2020 11:08 PM  

Argus Bacchus wrote:@6, @14

SG 2.0 is fantastic.

You're going to love it.


That's great to hear. Can't wait!

Blogger Troushers January 04, 2020 4:58 AM  

Twitter clearly has its thumb on the scale. I personally think it's trying desperately to both limit conservative comment and to artificially boost liberal comment.

The NPC debacle showed that new accounts posting brain-dead Liberal pastiche enjoyed rapid user acquisition and virality. In the recent UK election, Labour had a clear
online advantage over the Tories Twitter operation, and used it to push various activist setups into mainstream journalism.

Blogger Jamie-R January 04, 2020 5:49 AM  

Apart from what I think are political youngsters from The Farm, a lot of what's left on Right Wing Twitter is just Trump Opposition, so it's allowed. A bunch of boxheads carrying on, over time they piss me off because they have no loyalty they attack evangelicals as stooges and then it's like 'the jews man', but I distinctly remember half of Europe dying when they try to talk about their kind of resistance movement. Yeah flying sorties over London and terrorising the continent they are real strategists. No wonder Jack Dorsey loves them. I've never ever trusted or found the boxheads to be anything other than good workers and craftsmen, krauts are unbelievable, no wonder the Consulate General is the biggest in the EU over there and the base stays, those faithful to the Magna Carta aren't unfunny autists. Piss me off man. I feel like interceding into their threads at times because some of their tweets are great but then I'm down at the deep end of the pool so f em.

Blogger artensoll January 04, 2020 6:12 AM  

OT Devon Stack (Black Pilled) had his book "Day of the Rope" removed from Amazon and his account shut down Friday night.

Blogger John Bradley January 04, 2020 8:14 PM  

I bought and read "Day of the Rope" as an ebook from Amazon last year. Good read, recommended. Just checked, and you can imagine my surprise that the book still exists and I was allowed to re-download it. I thought for certain that the book would have 'never existed' and Amazon would have effectively stolen it from my virtual bookshelf.

I'm pretty sure they did disappear certain problematic ebooks in the past, so at least they're learning by denying any owners of same a legitimate claim against them.

Also interesting that Amazon has nuked Devon ahead of Youtube; normally Amazon trails YouTube/Twitter/Facebook as well as the Paypal/Patreon cartel in the deplatforming race.

Blogger FUBARwest January 05, 2020 11:14 AM  

Doesn't that make them a publisher and not simply a distributor?

Blogger Akulkis January 05, 2020 2:49 PM  

@FUBARwest

It all depends on who puts the ink on the paper.

Of course, if it's an e-book, then yes, that makes them a publisher.

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