Twitter accounts were locked in a reported “purge” of right-wing voices.
The move, which has yet to be confirmed by Twitter has nonetheless been labelled an attempt at “mass censorship” by critics, is thought to be a bid to rid the platform of automated accounts – or ‘bots’ – set up to artificially amplify conservative campaigns online.
Some of the more rabid elements of conservative Twitter have reacted with incredulity, claiming they have lost hundreds of followers who, like them, have been targeted for their cutting-edge commentary and off-beat political polemics.
Medium (CEO: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams) deletes the accounts and writings of US anti-establishment new right figures @Cernovich @JackPosobiec and @LauraLoomer in content control power grab https://t.co/lcJKMRDP5e
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 21, 2018
Seems Twitter isn’t the only site cleaning up the clutter, as some are calling it.
Medium has suspended the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Laura Loomer. Unfortunately, this means that “articles” like Cernovich’s “How I Would Run for Congress” are no more. Links to any of the suspended accounts (or their published works) redirect to the dreary white suspension page, which reads “This page is unavailable.”
Why I'm Suing Medium for Civil Rights Violations (Unruh Act) https://t.co/9TpYfMVsXY
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) February 21, 2018
While first pointed out on February 19 by Nathan Bernard on Twitter, it’s entirely possible that the suspensions could have occurred earlier in the month and gone unnoticed. The most likely culprit is the company’s February 7 update to their ‘Medium Rules’ section. Calling it an “update” is a bit of an understatement; it’s more like a total overhaul, with a targeted purpose.
By far the biggest change made by Medium is the addition of a section called “Related Content,” which reads “We do not allow posts or accounts that engage in on-platform, off-platform, or cross-platform campaigns of targeting, harassment, hate speech, violence, or disinformation. We may consider off-platform actions in assessing a Medium account, and restrict access or availability to that account.” (Emphasis ours.)
Apparently Twitter is trying to purge “Russian bots.”
I do live videos and have my own damn picture on my profile.
I’ve now lost 4000 followers.
They love to call conservatives Nazis, well what the f*ck do you call this kind of mass censorship?#TwitterLockOut
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) February 21, 2018
Oh so the shut down disinformation people. LOL that say's a lot. Phew, I'm still here 😀 https://t.co/RH8OhzhMfl
— Mary Sutton Greeley (@Lucky_finds) February 22, 2018
Getting all kinds of reports that twitter is shutting down Conservative accounts on twitter claiming they are bots. Must be their way to purge Conservatives off of twitter. #Fascists https://t.co/XGZc6R8AhE
— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) February 21, 2018
With no official comment from Twitter on what, if anything, is actually happening, The Twitterati are showing no signs of dropping #TwitterLockout
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