Social Media Bias

Conservative leaders have been warning for some time that the social media giants are biased against their right-leaning users.  Twitter seems to be the latest offender.

Several leading Republicans, including RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and outspoken conservatives like Rep. Mark Meadows, have accused the social media platform of “shadow banning” them.  In other words, if you see them on TV or read an article about them and try to search for them, Twitter is deliberately making it hard to find them.

Of course, the liberal media initially mocked conservatives for complaining about it.  But this week, the left-wing outlet Vice News confirmed the censorship was real.

President Trump publicly attacked Twitter yesterday — of course, in a tweet.  He wrote:

“Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!  Many complaints.”

Guess what?  Overnight, Twitter discovered that an algorithm meant to promote “healthy conversation” by targeting “bad-faith actors” was causing the problem, and it should be resolved soon.

It is strange how only conservatives were affected by a supposedly neutral algorithm.

Even if it is a random program, someone had to program it.  I suspect that just like so much of Silicon Valley, many Twitter techies are intolerant lefties straight out of our left-wing colleges who don’t think conservatives are capable of contributing to “healthy conversations.”

—Gary Bauer
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