Not all tweets are being treated equal nowadays. It has been confirmed by Breitbart, that Twitter has a blacklist where accounts are purposely left off of timeline coverage without being alerted of this.
The criteria for being blacklisted or “stealth banned” is disturbing. Before, this technique was used to target spammers, but for the last few weeks users have been reporting that tweets from populist conservatives have been mysteriously missing from their timelines. Some of these effected accounts include Ricky Vaughn, a popular pro-Trump supporter, and Mark Kern, League of Gamers founder. Pretty much any prominent conservative site that isn’t determined “politically correct” probably has been blacklisted. These accounts are not alerted of this, either.
The social media network also plays favorites with a “whitelist,’ which are accounts that receive preferential search engine treatment.
Not only are social platforms like Twitter censoring certain political beliefs, but Facebook is helping European government officials hunt down individuals with opposing beliefs to policies. A Scottish man was even arrested for his online posts regarding Syrian refugees from their offensive nature.
“I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” said Insp Ewan Wilson from the Dunoon police office regarding the arrest.
These posts have not been released to the public, so they were strictly left to authorities to determine that the “hate speech” deserved legal action. Apparently, In Europe it is okay to censor freedom of speech if inspires “hate.”
While, cross the pond, the American government is supposed to follow the constitutional right of freedom of speech. But, US citizens shouldn’t assume that their social media posts are free from government eyes, especially when social networks are allowed to censor as they please. Nothing is protected, even if you think it is.