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Twitter’s War On Conservatives

It’s “blame the algorithm” time again at Twitter.

In the social media giant’s never-ending effort to purge itself of “fake news” it deleted thousands, if not millions Aja Smith for Congressof accounts on Tuesday night.

(By the way it appears CHQ’s @richardviguerie account lost about 300 followers in the purge.)

Among our friends who were caught in the Twitter purge were former Secret Service agent, author and Fox News contributor Dan Bongino (@dbongino) and California Republican congressional candidate Aja Smith (@AjaforCongress).

Bongino, host of one of the net’s hottest podcasts, The Dan Bongino Show by CRTV (available on Apple Podcasts), also appears on NRA TV and has been deemed ineligible to buy ads by Twitter based on what Twitter calls “inappropriate content.”

Bongino tweeted out this protest after the social media giant’s faceless judge, jury and executioner algorithm banned him from promoting his content:

I’m respectful of your time & I don’t ask for help that often,but I need your help now. @Twitter is discriminating against conservative voices & banned me,& many others,from posting ads while wiping out 1000s of followers.Please follow & spread the word.

That tweet generated this response from @JohnCardillo, a regular visitor to the @RichardViguerie Twitter page that posts articles and Mr. Viguerie’s political and marketing commentaries:

Let’s get loud. This is happening to all of us. Every conservative verified account I know, including mine.

Family oriented country music star Benton Blount (@bentonblount) responded that he too had been hit:

Same thing happened to me @dbongino If they are doing it to you, they are getting more brave and attacking larger conservative accounts. #TwitterLockOut

In the mean time on the west coast, Republican candidate for California’s Congressional District 41, Aja Smith (@AjaforCongress) an Air Force veteran who has been doggedly pursuing scandal-plagued Democrat Rep. Mark Takano, was locked out of her Twitter account for being, wait for it, a bot.

That’s right, Twitter’s algorithm identified one of the handful of American veterans running for Congress as a potential Russian bot and locked her account.

Smith’s underdog effort relies on a smart social media campaign to get her message out (you can learn more about Aja Smith here and in our article here) and to raise money, so being locked out and having thousands of followers purged was a serious blow.

Smith fired back with this tweet once she got her account back:

Cant lock us out!! We will win in 2018!!



As of this writing @AjaforCongress is back online, but there’s no guarantee that as the campaign heats up Twitter won’t drop another bomb on Smith or any other conservative candidate.

Our friend James O’Keefe founder of Project Veritas has a new book out “American Pravda” in which he recounts undercover interviews with, among others, current and former Twitter employees.

O’Keefe’s interviews may cast the harsh glare of truth on what was really going on in the Tuesday night “bot purge.”

On January 3rd 2018 at a San Francisco restaurant, Abhinov Vadrevu, a former Twitter Software Engineer explained to Project Veritas a strategy, called “shadow banning,” that to his knowledge, Twitter has employed:

“One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.”

Twitter is in the process of automating censorship and banning, Twitter Software Engineer Steven Pierre told Project Veritas on December 8th of 2017:

“Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it’s a positive thing or a negative thing. And whether it’s positive or negative doesn’t (inaudible), it’s more like if somebody’s being aggressive or not. Right? Somebody’s just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever. They may have point, but it will just vanish… It’s not going to ban the mindset, it’s going to ban, like, a way of talking.”

Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team explained to Project Veritas on December 15th, 2017 at a Twitter holiday party that the development of a system of “down ranking” “shitty people” is in the works:

“Yeah. That’s something we’re working on. It’s something we’re working on. We’re trying to get the shitty people to not show up. It’s a product thing we’re working on right now.”

Former Twitter Engineer Conrado Miranda confirmed to Project Veritas on December 1st, 2017 that tools are already in place to censor pro-Trump or conservative content on the platform. When asked whether or not these capabilities exist, Miranda says, “that’s a thing.”

In a conversation with former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai on May 16th, 2017, Project Veritas learned that in the past Twitter would manually ban or censor Pro-Trump or conservative content. When asked about the process of banning accounts, Norai said, “On stuff like that it was more discretion on your view point, I guess how you felt about a particular matter…”

When asked by Project Veritas to clarify if that process was automated Norai confirmed that it was not:

“Yeah, if they said this is: ‘Pro-Trump’ I don’t want it because it offends me, this, that. And I say I banned this whole thing, and it goes over here and they are like, ‘Oh you know what? I don’t like it too. You know what? Mo’s right, let’s go, let’s carry on, what’s next?'”

Norai also revealed to Project Veritas that more left-leaning content would go through their selection process with less political scrutiny, “It would come through checked and then I would be like ‘Oh you know what? This is okay. Let it go.’”

Norai explained to Project Veritas that this selection process wasn’t exactly Twitter policy, but rather they were following unwritten rules from the top:

“A lot of unwritten rules, and being that we’re in San Francisco, we’re in California, very liberal, a very blue state. You had to be… I mean as a company you can’t really say it because it would make you look bad, but behind closed doors are lots of rules.”

“There was, I would say… Twitter was probably about 90% Anti-Trump, maybe 99% Anti-Trump.”

At a San Francisco bar on January 5th, Pranay Singh detailed to Project Veritas how the shadow-banning algorithms targeting right-leaning are engineered:

“Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.”

When asked if the majority of the algorithms are targeted against conservative or liberal users of Twitter, Singh told Project Veritas, “I would say majority of it are for Republicans.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says he believes the power over speech Silicon Valley tech giants has is unprecedented and dangerous:

“What kind of world do we live in where computer engineers are the gatekeepers of the ‘way people talk?’ This investigation brings forth information of profound public importance that educates people about how free they really are to express their views online.”

We think it goes further than that. When a tech giant like Twitter becomes the arbiter of which candidates for Congress get a platform to raise money and communicate with voters can rule by the Silicon Valley oligarchy be far behind?

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Twitter War on Conservatives

We must stand with Project Veritas and denounce twitter for double standards
giving more favorable treatments to liberal lefts than conservatives. Our
friend of Project Veritas must continue to work with President Donald J. Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to ban twitter license and from the internet for its biasness towards conservatives. Conservatives must be free to express their
views online without censorship from twitter. Anyone censoring conservatives must be sued through FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai for favoring liberals over conservatives which violates their Constitutional rights to freely express their views as liberals onTwitter must be streamlined to give equal treatment to conservatives as liberals. Twitter must be assessable to all including, conservatives without censorship by twitter and their liberal left wing employees. Conservatives stand behind Aja Smith to win elections in her Congressional District 41 in California. and other conservatives running for elections in their respective States to have equal access to their twitter accounts unlocked to communicate with their constituents and get their message out to their voters.all conservative broadcast talk shows on television and radio including, Mr. Dan Bongino show and NRA television must have the right to buy ads equally on twitter as liberal broadcasts television and radio shows. We thank President Donald J. Trump and other Republican conservatives in Congress for draining the swamp on social media and making America great again.

Twitter and Other Social Media Censorship

Well you can't fault the socialists for not having guts. "To hell with the constitution and fairness, shut down all conservative viewpoints!" The typical socialist approach is to shut up all opposing viewpoints. It's happening on college campuses and now by the socialists in control of the social media, unless we get appropriate action from Congress.

James Morgan