Twitter is continuing their campaign of censorship of conservatives. Of course, Twitter isn’t calling it a “censorship campaign,” they allege they are simply using a more “quality filter” which just happens to exclude conservative voices.
According to Breitbart, a large number of right-wing and conservative Twitter accounts, including Breitbart News journalists, have been tagged with a mysterious Twitter filter that appears to block their tweets from some searches. It is unclear what else the filter does at this time.
If this is accurate, it appears that @Twitter has shadowbanned me.
I haven’t tweeted anything the least bit profane or inappropriate, but I am a libertarian and former Trump WH/Campaign official, so maybe that explains it, @jack? #QFDshadowbanned https://t.co/WOCn4Q9xsF pic.twitter.com/qCiXj1Y8Kk
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 19, 2018
Some who feel that Twitter is censoring their accounts by “shadow banning” are using a website to find out what they already knew. Twitter users have been using the website shadowban.eu to test if the reach of their content is being artificially limited or hidden by Twitter, a process known as “shadowbanning.” As Breitbart reported, by adding the html tag “&qf=on” and “&qf=off” to the end of search result URLs, the site claims to test whether an account’s tweets are being hidden behind Twitter’s “quality filter,” which hides tweets from what Twitter calls “low-quality accounts.”
The technology how-to website also recommends this method to enable or disable the quality filter. “&qf=on” switches on the filter, while “&qf=off” turns it off. The default setting for this censorship filer, is off, unsurprisingly.
Now compare the search results found on the following two links, which are searches designed to find this exact tweet. The first link has the quality filter enabled, the second does not. Note that the two URLs are exactly the same except for the “qf” setting:
This test demonstrates the quality filter shadowban. Any account with the qualify filter enabled — which is the default setting for all Twitter accounts — would not be able to find that tweet by searching on the site.-Breitbart
The shadowbanning “quality filter” doesn’t seem to be affecting accounts that lean to left. For example, Tariq Nasheed, a black supremacist and self-described “identity extremist,” is not subject to any filter, according to shadowban.eu. Neither is Louis Farrakhan, the left-wing black supremacist and anti-semite. Nor are hate-filled, obscenity-spewing left-wing celebrities like Peter Henry Fonda.
Breitbart put together a well-researched article about Twitter’s shadow banning (censorship) of conservatives, and you can read it in its entirety here.