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Political Censorship: Twitter Purges Thousands of ‘Right-wing’ Accounts

The Silicon Valley continue their to exercise their self-appointed role in shaping the political conversation in the United States and beyond.

Last night a number of politically active Twitter users reported under the hashtag #TwitterLockOut a sudden drop in their number of followers. It is unknown exactly how many accounts were deleted by Twitter, but its likely the number is in the hundreds of thousands.

One possible explanation for Twitter’s mass account deletion, was a fake news story circulated by The Hill which claimed the “The Russian Bots” were pushing pro-gun hashtags in the aftermath of the Florida Shooting. The Hill’s source was Wired Magazine, who’s ‘source’ is a neoconservative Cold War throw-back ‘think tank’ and propaganda front called Hamilton 68 supposedly formed to ‘combat Russian interference’ in American life, but in reality is designed to spread misinformation and sow discord between the US and Russia and also as part of a wider US effort help to try and intimidate and slander any outspoken online critics of US foreign policy.

This anti-Russian propaganda fake news story was then distributed by Democratic Party operatives, including former UN ambassador Samantha Power, the wife of Obama counter-information tzar Cass Sunstein.

This has come on the heals of the Department of Justice’s embarrassing indictment in absentia of “13 Russian Trolls” from an internet marketing firm based in St Petersburg which the DOJ has manged to convince many Americans was doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin and somehow helped Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Democrat ‘resistance’ activists and anti-Russian progressives cheered the move claiming that Twitter was merely ‘cleansing’ its platform of Russian Bots.

It’s now abundantly clear that executives in the Silicon Valley have decided to roll out wide-ranging political censorship activities in the run-up to the US mid-term elections.

RT International reports….

Conservative Twitter users across the platform are, metaphorically at least, setting their hair on fire amid claims their accounts were locked in a reported “purge” of right-wing voices.

The move, which has yet to be confirmed by Twitter has nonetheless been labelled an attempt at “mass censorship” by critics, is thought to be a bid to rid the platform of automated accounts – or ‘bots’ – set up to artificially amplify conservative campaigns online.

Some of the more rabid elements of conservative Twitter have reacted with incredulity, claiming they have lost hundreds of followers who, like them, have been targeted for their cutting-edge commentary and off-beat political polemics.

(…) Much like #ReleaseTheMemo, another recent aberration from the social ether, #TwitterLockout has spread like wildfire, racking up around 87,000 tweets and trending worldwide since the so-called purge began.

The phenomenon comes amid heightened fears of Russian influence on US elections. For some Twitter users the Russian influence is clear.

Read more at RT International

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Published at Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:29:20 +0000

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