On March 18th, 2016 Twitter CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey, gave an interview on The Today Show, in witch he discussed points of view surrounding the Twitter as well as his public point of view while engaging the community. As pointed out by Business Insider Dorsey stated:
I’ve never blocked anyone. I want to see what people are saying and I want to hear from them,
Business Insider also states that “He went on to explain that he sees Twitter as “empowering dialogue” so that people can talk about issues.” This statement runes counter to the companies actions as a whole over the last two years as Twitter continually has political points of view and ideas sculpted to their liking. A company insider, who spoke to Breitbart Tech, admitted the company actively engages in the practice of “shadow banning”, hiding the users posts without the knowledge of the user, as well as white listing and black listing search terms, promoting or hiding respectively, regardless of popularity. Many users have noted that they at times cant seem to see posts by individuals they follow, which Gamertics can verify has happened to a number of our staff, as reported by our followers.
Jack Dorsey, Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images
The Breitbart reporter who uncovered that story in question, Milo Yiannopoulos, also had his verified status removed from the platform, in an act that has been pointed out by many as reflecting poorly on Twitter, as a petty and childish action. While this is the first time such an action has been noted, it must be stated that it is extremely dangerous for a company like twitter to do such an action, especially to a member of the press, as it opens the door for impersonators to potentially get there hands on information that would otherwise be confidential in nature, that would be used for reporting purposes.
Noted actor Adam Baldwin quit Twitter after a string of actions made by the company silenced many conservative voices. Robby Soave, staff editor at Reason and columnist for The Daily Beast, notably an extreme liberal outlet stated:
Nobody, right or left, wants to get banned for saying the wrong thing.
This trend of fear and self censorship, culture that will say the “right things” because of the anxiety developed from approval seeking, and growth of communication has cause a schism among Twitters user base that is reflected by there stock(NYSE: TWTR) hitting a record 5 year low mirroring Benjamin Franklin’s quote:
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.