The second installment of the long-awaited Twitter FIles has been released, and this time around the majority pertains to Twitter’s direct hand in censoring right-wing Twitter users throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and during the 2020 Presidental election.

This assisted left-wing hashtags and other forms of propaganda to be put in front of Twitter users’ eyes almost exclusively. Democrats and left-wing political accounts have rarely been banned or had fact-checks placed on their posts. Meanwhile, counter-narrative posts from right-wing Twitter accounts would be frequently banned, suspended, or were fact-checked by a company that typically falls left-wing, such as Snopes.


These shadow bans and blacklists have been obvious on Twitter for years, and when users accused Twitter of these practices they would outright deny it. Here, we can see that users such as TPUSA’s Charlie Kirk had a “do not amplify” tag on his account, meaning that his Tweets would be prevented from trending.

These penalties come with no actual violations other than their personal political affiliation.

However, Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (then Head of Legal Policy and Trust) and Kayvon Beykpour (Head of Product) both denied that Twitter places shadow bans on people, and they also stated that they certainly do not discriminate based on political ideology.

This means that prior to the 2020 Presidental election and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter denied these practices, and also suppressed their speech. This comes at a time when they were among the proudest to put fact-checks on users who denied aspects around the 2020 election, or believed that COVID-19 lockdowns could be potentially harmful for children, the general population, businesses, and other aspects of American life.

Now, as a result, the narrative has already been set. Republicans had to go into the 2020 election largely without social media without their knowledge, and their opinions about COVID-19 were just shouted into the ether.

In a Democracy, citizens’ opinions need to be able to be equally displayed, and in the opinions of many, Twitter chose to meddle with the Democratic process and abuse its power as a large free speech platform.


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    Since Hussein Obama and his companion emerged from under the “L” train tracks in Chicago, Indonesia and Kenya, the protocols have grown to include wholesale fraud levels.

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