Twitter refugees migrate to Gab after being shadow banned out of existance

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Thousands of people are fleeing twitter for Gab, made refugees by the insidious shadow banning, censorship and outright banning of conservative voices and anyone critical of Islam. Twitter lost?2 million customers ?alone in the last three months of 2015. I may be?jumping to conclusions but last year Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud increased his shareholding to become became twitter’s second largest shareholder. Saudi Arabia is not known for supporting freedom of speech but it is known for hardline Islamic law so I am not at all surprised that the Sharia is increasingly being enforced on twitter and people wanting freedom of speech are leaving.

Well known people on Twitter are steadily moving to Gab and Trump may well be next given what twitter did to him.?On October 3, 2016?thirty two of his tweets were ?shadowbanned? (censored) and one tweet was deleted to prevent the general public from seeing them.

Surely the deleted tweet must have been offensive, racist, or have broken a twitter rule? Here it is so you can make up your own mind.

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Trump is not alone. It turns out that Twitter has a white list of favoured accounts and a black list of those not favoured by the company. White list accounts are prioritised in search results whether they are actually popular or not. People on the black list like Trump have their posts hidden both from search results and other users’ timelines.

Rumours that Twitter has begun ?shadowbanning? politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech.

…Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site?s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users? timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as ?Stealth Banning? or ?Hell Banning,? is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he?s been shadowbanned.

However, Twitter isn?t merely targeting spammers. For weeks, users have been reporting that tweets from populist conservatives, members of the alternative right, cultural libertarians, and other anti-PC dissidents have disappeared from their timelines.

Among the users complaining of shadowbans are sci-fi author and alt-right figurehead Vox Day, geek culture blogger ?Daddy Warpig,? and the popular pro-Trump account Ricky Vaughn. League of Gamers founder and former World of Warcraft team lead Mark Kern, as well as adult actress and anti-censorship activist Mercedes Carrera, have also reported that their tweets are not appearing on the timelines of their followers.

The pattern of shadowban reports, which skews towards the alt-right, the populist right, and cultural libertarians, follows close on the heels of Twitter?s establishment of a ?Trust and Safety Council? packed with left-wing advocacy groups, as well as Islamic research centre the Wahid Institute.

-Breitbart.com

Milo Yiannopoulos predicted that Twitter would interfere in the presidential election by muffling conservative voices on the platform and he was right. It is no surprise that Twitter refugees are now migrating to Gab. Breitbart reports that Twitter began to experiment with shadow bans in May last year. At the time it justified the bans as “protecting users from abuse” when in fact it was an excuse to implement a system that is now being used for political censorship. ?I predict mass migration from Twitter to Gab.

The problem with turning a business into your personal fiefdom ?where you control?who can and can’t be heard is that it tanks the value of the business. Then again it may be simply because it is failing to turn a profit.

Twitter shares dropped by a fifth in morning trading as leading Silicon Valley and US media companies? interest in buying the company appeared to wane. The messaging platform, which has a market capitalisation of just over $15bn, is struggling to find buyers after people briefed on the matter said Google and Facebook were unlikely to make a bid. US media companies Walt Disney, and 21st Century Fox have already decided not to bid for the company

-ft.com

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