Twitter’s recent activity of shadow banning some of the Republicans have waded President Donald Trump into the controversy. The Republicans have been accused of limiting their visibility on Twitter’s search results.
Reacting to this Trump tweeted “Twitter ‘SHADOWBANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints”
Vice news on Wednesday reported, Twitter being involved in restricting the visibility of Republicans which included Republican Party Chairman Ronna McDaniel and GOP members of Congress. Suggest it was done with an attempt to improve the political debate on its service. Further, the Vice News stated Democrats have not been “shadow banned,”.
Commenting on the incident Twitter spokesman on Thursday said the company does not involve in acts such as shadow banning. He further said “We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populated in our search box, and shipping a change to address this. The profiles, Tweets, and discussions about these accounts do appear when you search for them.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to this in a tweet on Wednesday where he said we have a lot more work to do to earn people’s trust on how we work.
He further stressed the point where Twitter’s product head Kayvon Betkpour tweeted “To be clear, our behavioral ranking doesn’t make judgments based on political views or the substance of tweets.”
Dorsey made it clear that the company had recently testified before Congress on the topic.