Undercover Video of Twitter Engineers Exposes Political Censorship

Mo Norai

Not only have Google, Facebook, and Twitter been recently served with a class-action lawsuit on political censorship, video has been released of how Twitter engineers selectively and arbitrarily 'shadowban' content that they don't like.

On a similar note, The Media Research Center survey, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 32% of self-described conservative Facebook users have left, or are leaving, Facebook due to political censorship.

https://www.projectveritas.com...vp_64gTjdUrDFQ,4m49s

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Well, personally I found many aspects of that video duplicitous and manipulative.

Project Veritas is hardly unbiased, and it has been strongly discredited:

https://www.theguardian.com/us...oup-beloved-by-trump

https://www.snopes.com/tag/project-veritas/

https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Project_Veritas

You'll find many examples of Project Veritas engaging in equally, or more extreme forms of manipulation compared to the video they produced on Twitter.

Frankly, these class actions suits against social media for excluding conservative view points seem ridiculous to me.  I don't see a lack of conservative view points on social media at all, far from it.  Donald Trump has consistently tried to paint himself, and his followers, as victims of an unjust media, and this is just a continuation of his tactic - in my opinion.  We'll see how it plays out, but that's my take at this juncture.

Malkazoid posted:

Well, personally I found many aspects of that video duplicitous and manipulative.

Project Veritas is hardly unbiased, and it has been strongly discredited:

https://www.theguardian.com/us...oup-beloved-by-trump

https://www.snopes.com/tag/project-veritas/

https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Project_Veritas

You'll find many examples of Project Veritas engaging equally, or more extreme forms of manipulation compared to the video they produced on Twitter.

Frankly, these class actions suits against social media for excluding conservative view points seem ridiculous to me.  I don't see a lack of conservative view points on social media at all, far from it.  Donald Trump has consistently tried to paint himself, and his followers, as victims of an unjust media, and this is just a continuation of his tactic - in my opinion.  We'll see how it plays out, but that's my take at this juncture.

Interesting. I hadn't researched what political viewpoint the source of the publication came from.

What matters to me, is whether or not Twitter is engaged in censoring the right to voice opinions, and whether or not the video in the above captions is real.

Keep in mind, I don't keep up with US politics, or which left-leaning organization publishes this, or which right-leaning organization publishes that.

Stifling guaranteed speech through technology is wrong. Once that starts, where does it end? How is it different than China, dictators, or militant regimes, even if it's perpetrated across digital borders?

It's no different. Again, I'm not affiliated with any political ideologies.

I hear you.

If you watch the video again, you might find that the engineers are doing three things:

- admitting that human biases affect arbitration

- admitting that the tech arena is mostly liberal

- admitting that there is a concerted effort to remove Russian bots which happen, at this juncture to be pushing narratives favouring Trump

None of this is particularly shocking, but edited together, it gives the impression of a conspiracy.

The context of the drunk engineer at the club was particularly sad.  The women secretly recording him are giving him exactly what an engineer (or any hetero man) at a night club wants - female attention.  He's falling over himself trying to tell them they are right - that they should be programmers... he's not saying they try to censor political viewpoints for a living.  He's flirting, while they drill him on the topic of Russian bots and try to make it sound like it is the conservative view point that is being banned, not the automated and fraudulent use of the platform to undermine American democracy.

I'm grateful for you bringing that video to my attention - we have to remain increasingly vigilant in these times - manipulation of information channels is becoming increasingly sophisticated, all in an attempt to control the narrative.

Narrative network is going to be a very interesting place indeed.

James O'Keefe, the main operative at Project Veritas, would, I hope, earn a bad reputation on Narrative for his deceitful and fraudulent attempts to manipulate the political news arena.

Michael posted:

Responding to disagreement properly is something that takes effort, which in a way is opposed to the structure and format of Twitter, so I'll have to post this hierarchy of argument to my 'politics' Niche when the time comes.

https://bigthink.com/paul-ratn...-worst-ways-to-argue

How to disagree

Excellent (and colourful) graphic!

Something of this nature should be on every moderator's wall to help us assess the materials being submitted to the platform.

Thanks for the thoughtful reply, @Malkazoid.

If the world had more deliberate and well-articulated thinkers like yourself, we probably would have a much more reasonable political climate.

I don't know Mr. O'Keefe from the mythical Adam, or Eve, but I like to think it's fair to say that there's nation-state interference from almost every country, and large financiers that have political theories they want to expand to populations.

Entire books can be, or have been, written on those subjects. Not sure if you're interested, but there was a neuroscience study about how political parties influence our beliefs.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/r.../02/180220123127.htm

Michael posted:

Thanks for the thoughtful reply, @Malkazoid.

If the world had more deliberate and well-articulated thinkers like yourself, we probably would have a much more reasonable political climate.

I don't know Mr. O'Keefe from the mythical Adam, or Eve, but I like to think it's fair to say that there's nation-state interference from almost every country, and large financiers that have political theories they want to expand to populations.

Entire books can be, or have been, written on those subjects. Not sure if you're interested, but there was a neuroscience study about how political parties influence our beliefs.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/r.../02/180220123127.htm

Thanks @Michael - I'll check out the link!

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