In the run-up to November’s midterm elections, Twitter is priming itself to go on a censoring spree in the name of fighting misinformation.
What could possibly go wrong with this?
The social media platform enabled the announcement Thursday that it was “activating enforcement of our Civic Integrity Policy for the 2022 U.S. midterms.”
The tech giant said it would institute so called prebunks, information designed to counter “misleading narratives,” on top of putting its finger on the scale to prevent tweets containing “misinformation” from reaching users through notifications.
“Twitter plays a critical role in empowering democratic conversations, facilitating meaningful political debate, and providing information on civic participation–not only in the U.S., but around the world,” the company concluded. “People deserve to trust the election conversations and content they encounter on Twitter.”
This policy is open for abuse. Twitter has proven time and again it cannot be trusted to serve as a neutral judge of what is or isn’t misinformation.
The most obvious example of this failure is the poor handling of the Hunter Biden laptop bag.
Twitter was perfectly comfortable “prebunking” the story before the 2020 presidential election. It aggressively blocked the New York Post story reporting on Hunter’s laptop and prevented anyone from linking to it on the site.
This decision could have affected the results of the election.
John McLaughlin, Trump pollster, found 4.6% of Biden voters would have changed if they had known about [the Hunter Biden laptop]It is possible to easily flip key state results. Another survey by The Polling Company showed that even more Biden voters in seven swing states — 17% — would have switched their votes if they had been aware of the laptop and other stories.
Twitter doesn’t stop at indirectly influencing the election results.
Alex Berenson, an ex-New York Times reporter, was accused of being a COVID-19 conspiracytheorist. He obtained documents that revealed that the White House wanted to ban him from the site.
Berenson stated that he had spoken on his Substack that according to internal Slack conversations between Twitter employees, Andrew Slavitt, a senior member of Biden’s Covid response team, had mentioned Berenson specifically as a source of COVID misinformation and encouraged the platform to ban him.
The Daily Signal reached Twitter for comment but didn’t receive a response.
Twitter has allowed blatant lies about elections to remain online, in addition to colluding to the Democrats to eliminate their opposition online.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted in May 2017 following President Donald Trump’s election victory that “our election was hijacked,” while in April 2020, future White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted about how Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp stole Stacy Abrams’ election.
Isn’t that misinformation?
Despite both tweets being false and calling into question legitimacy of legitimate elections, Twitter allowed the tweets remain up without any warnings or markings.
And we’re supposed to trust they can be neutral for the midterms?
Will Thibeau, Heritage Foundation policy analyst, sees the danger in allowing Twitter unilaterally to act as an unelected and unreliable arbiter of truth.
“While the meat of Twitter’s announcement details efforts to protect against deception about election results, times, and locations, the platform gives themselves broad leeway to protect against misleading information about the procedures or circumstances around participation in a civic process,” he told The Daily Signal. “What political conversation on Twitter wouldn’t fall under this scope in an election year?”
The Media Research Center discovered that Twitter censors Republican members of Congress 53 times per instance of censorship applied against a Democrat Representative in 2021. By wrapping their effort to censor information in an announcement on the “civic process”, Twitter is, once again, laying the groundwork to de-platform voices who don’t align with the political ideology of Silicon Valley.
The Heritage Foundation’s media arm, the Daily Signal, is the media arm.
It’s clear that Twitter can’t be trusted to fairly and neutrally judge what is considered misinformation. They have proven time and again that all they care about is promoting the radical left’s policies and political goals.
Reforms are needed to ensure that Big Tech platforms like Twitter can operate legally.
Twitter claims that it wants to ensure fair elections around the globe.
Then they should open source their algorithms to ensure people know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes, as well as provide details into their content moderations and decisions.
How better to ensure that everything is fair if people know they won’t be censored for political speech that offends the sensibilities of coastal elites?
Twitter must prove to Americans that they are trustworthy sources of information if they want to be considered a reliable source of information.
Anyone should be suspicious of their previous behavior.
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