Refugee Resettlement Watch

Has RRW been “shadow banned” by twitter?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 20, 2017

Update August 21: How funny that 30 followers reappeared after I posted this yesterday.  And, thanks to all of you who have shared your similar experiences with me and/or sent tips for the future.

I’ve been wondering lately about why I’m not getting new followers at twitter.  In the past I’ve had days when 100 new followers signed up and I was pushing 12,000 followers (I know it is nothing compared to some, but I was thrilled to be reaching thousands.)

Then about ten days ago, not only did I lose dozens of followers in one day, but that lowered number has been frozen.  (Remember, I am not tech savvy, so I just wondered!)

This morning, after posting my previous post, here, I also posted it at twitter as I post everything I write there, plus I tweet other news and often retweet others. I rarely miss a day.

My feed shows my tweet like this (who decided it was “sensitive?”)

 

 

So I simply tweeted this inquiry:

And, here is what one follower said:

 

Over a week?  I tweeted over 50 times in the last week, plus dozens more retweets.

I didn’t wait for an answer about shadowbanning, but did a quick search and found this great explanation from Breitbart from more than a year ago (by Milo):

Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.

According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.

Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company. [I had often seen tweets disappear from my timeline, but just chalked it up to a tech hiccup!—ed]

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.

Continue here.

Duh! Guess that was me!

If Steve Bannon really wants to go to war, Breitbart should consider creating its own free speech platform before Google, Facebook and Twitter ban those of us with political views different from the progressive leftist views—views those tech giants espouse—from the internet altogether.

I’ve wondered lately if I will have to one day go back to snail mail (in a plain envelope!).

54 Responses to “Has RRW been “shadow banned” by twitter?”

  1. ingrafted said

    Ann, this is the first notice by email I’ve gotten from you for months! Maybe there’s more to it than just Twitter.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I have discussed the problem with wordpress, you are not alone. WordPress techies just can’t explain why they keep dropping e-mail notices.

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  2. antiseptic said

    Anyone to the right of communist is on borrowed time at twitter. Sooner or later your account will be banned. The only way is to bring down twitter itself and replace it. I would have no idea how to go about doing that though, other than to create a better social media platform that everyone wants. Gab is nice, but it will never replace twitter.

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  3. M Gebert said

    Hi Ann,

    You need to go into your twitter settings on your laptop or desktop (you can’t do it on mobile) to make sure that your followers do not see that “sensitive content” warning. I just did the same the other day.

    Best,

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  4. Dear Ms. Corcoran, Who needs Twitter!? I’ve never signed up for it. I receive your news letter in my Yahoo e-mail inbox and can comment here. That’s sufficient.I’ve never cared for Facebook either.I’m on FB about 10 minutes tops a week just to keep in touch with my family and a few friends -total 30. When FB took down 30,000 accounts of Marine Le Pen supporters,it started a censorship trend.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      No,not the end of the world,but it was an opportunity to reach people outside of our own circles of like minded. Be aware, lots of people are reporting that they aren’t getting their e-mail subscriptions. I write almost every day so if you don’t see an e-mail,come directly to RRW and read here.

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  5. Ann- here is the ultimate explanation of what is happening to you and other “conservative” bloggers:

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  6. krew09 said

    the same ol suspects,the enemies of free speech. They are shutting down any opposing views on many platforms. The ADL of Bnai Brith is directly involved with Twitter…Bnai Brith was the key organization that brought in the hell of communism to Russia and Eastern Europe. ‘ADL Welcomes Establishment of Twitter Trust & Safety Council” https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-welcomes-establishment-of-twitter-trust-safety-council#.Vr0qF_IrJWI

    The sooner people can understand who are the enemies of free speech,who are the power behind the refugee ,the sooner things might get better. The ADL is directly involved with law enforcement all over this country from local,city,county,to state to federal agencies…training them all in anti-hate,anti-bully,multiculturalism..homosexuality,and other communist garbage..

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  7. FatherJon said

    What a dirty trick! Too gutless to dismiss you directly, they resort to such a spineless tactic.

    Jon

    ________________________________

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  8. Jihad Watch just got dumped by Paypal! I was not surprised as they also dumped Britain First. Based upon a complaint by some left my idiot using the SPLC as The Word.

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  9. Mark Moore said

    Twitter now considers anti-immigration posts hate speech! See e.g., http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-08-18/twitter-rejects-anti-illegal-immigration-ads-as-hate-speech/.

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  10. staugustineairportneighbors said

    I did read several times, on different sites, about Muslim “soft sites” coming upwhen searching Google for jihad / Muslim terrorists. jihadwatch.org seemed to have some info. Keep up your GOOD WORKS ! Bruce 

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  11. Ann, come over to gab.ai. We are all over there.

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  12. Sandra Lee said

    It’s scary how much control the bad guys have when it comes to free speech.

    Sandra

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  13. murlimews said

    I know zip about Twitter, but I’ve signed up to receive your blog via email many times but still nothing from RRW. I used to receive it regularly and found it vital in helping me understand the depth and breath of what’s going on. Perhaps I’m not doing something right, but it’s hard not to wonder…(p.s. I don’t receive several of other blogs I used to subscribe to, specially since 2016 election).

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Sorry to hear that. I contacted wordpress several times with the same complaint (for other people) because they control the subscriptions. They say they just can’t figure it out, but my subscriber numbers go up a little,then down a little. Best to just visit RRW everyday and see what is new.

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  14. petzlx said

    “We” are being silenced

    Every record has been destroyed or falsified,
    every book rewritten,
    every picture has been repainted,
    every statue and street building has been renamed,
    every date has been altered.
    And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.
    History has stopped.
    Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right

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  15. Ann- I too have noticed some minor weirdness with your blog and social media on a few occasions. One thing that happened in the past few weeks was that I stopped receiving my daily automatic email updates from your feed. I thought maybe I did something wrong (I too am not the greatest tech person) but it still says I’m following you and signed up. Not a big deal, but I do have to go to your blog directly in order to access it.

    I read a lot of “underground” blogs and websites and it seems that nearly all of them that are even slightly conservative or “right wing” are being threatened and/or actually demonetized because of Google, Youtube, Facebook and the other censors..

    Also it now appears that the word “illegal” violates Twitter hate speech rules:

    http://libertyunyielding.com/2017/08/19/apparently-word-illegal-violates-twitters-hate-speech-rules/

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks for continuing to follow RRW (for as long as wordpress allows it)… I’m not kidding, maybe I should start collecting snail mail addresses!

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      • Ann- you are 100% correct about collecting every email address you can get from your subscribers and followers! You MUST do this ASAP. There is probably some kind of program that can extract them from your WP Site. There are good email sending programs like Constant Contact and Mail Chimp that you can use to email out your blog posts. Soon you will have no choice.

        It may soon turn out that the only way you can do mass communication with us will be by direct email. The Actual State as opposed to the Deep State is now Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Paypal, etc. They control over 90% of commerce and communication. If Trump does anything he needs to break up their monopolies. This is even more important than the immigration issue because just think what will happen if people like you can’t even get the word out about the savage invasion.
        PS: I am no longer receiving ANY email notifications from you via RRW. Not even the comments that I subscribe to. This is in line with what another reader commented.

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  16. Jeremy Smith said

    There are alternatives now for the PC speech Nazis.

    GAB for Twitter
    Minds for Facebook
    Hatreon for Patreon

    Pass the info around.

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  17. zigzagsweb said

    Dear Ann, Please go on Gab.ai. you may have a hard time finding it, since it’s been banned from the Google aps store and from the Itunes store, but you can access it on your computer. https://gab.ai it’s like the free speech version of Twitter

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  18. PBS was claiming last night that the PUBLICLY TRADED “social media ” have a RIGHT to censor users ……. But PRIVATELY OWNED CAKE BAKERS & Party Planners do NOT?!

    FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE, REDDIT, GOOGLE are PLACES OF PUBLIC GATHERING, “SOCIAL Media”, and ADVERTISE themselves as PUBLIC places.. They are also PUBLICLY TRADED CORPORATIONS, unlike the PRIVATELY owned and operated “Mom&Pop” Bakery and Party Planner SUED by homosexuals.
    FACEBOOK is a PUBLIC SPACE therefore it has no right or legal option to censor participants. FACEBOOK is a PUBLICLY TRADED company, NOT a “private entity” and it solicits PUBLIC memberships.
    Just as the “courts” say cake bakers HAVE to bake homosexual cakes, and wedding planners HAVE to “accept” homosexual weddings, ZUCKERberg has to accept opinions, videos, and pictures he does not like. These Social Media/Meeting Places must accept anything which is Permissible under the First Amendment.
    A lowly COUNTY CLERK was jailed for refusing to “do her duty” by not issuing homosexuals marriage licenses The Baker, Planner, and Clerk SHOULD have just said: “You homosexuals VIOLATE OUR COMMUNITY GUIDELINES” !!! They advertise themselves as “Social Media & Public Spaces” so everything that is covered under the First Amendment can be posted there. A Party Planner and a Baker were successfully sued for refusing service to homosexuals ….. these “Social Media” can & should also be sued for violating People’s 1st Amendment RIGHTS to speak freely in PUBLIC SPACES.
    Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc. engaging in politically motivated censorship is like your meter reader shutting off your electricity because you have a Trump sign on your lawn. These social media have become like public utilities and therefore have no right to engage in political censorship.
    ZUCKerberg wants to censor who uses FACEBOOK —- but says WE CANNOT censor who comes into Our house?!
    Take the locks off his doors.
    Take those WALLS down from around ZUCKerberg’s houses.
    NEVER allow him to file a “breaking & entering” complaint because ZUCKerberg wants anyone to be able to “break & enter” America.
    By the way …..ZUCK thinks he can just “share” our house/Nation …..
    he never served in uniform so he should “share” all his money with those who were wounded saving HIS FREEDOM and PROPERTY.
    Since ZUCK does not recognize Our property rights to Our country then he has no property rights to “his” money.

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  19. Victoria Goodhue said

    No Twitter for us…just want to follow with email. Thank you for educating so many!

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      But, as you will see from other comments, wordpress might cut off your e-mail from RRW. Watch for it!

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      • zigzagsweb said

        Ann,

        Please make a back up of your ENTIRE website, all the archives of all the things you have written over the years. Please do this as most likely that Anto-Free speech group ProPublica will have your entire website deleted in the blink of an eye.

        PLEASE PLEASE save EVERYTHING! Put it into a zip file and make it a downloadable archive, and post it to Gab.ai! Make is so that many people can download and save everything you have written.

        Watch out! ProPublica is going to cleanse the internet of everything that doesn’t fit their globalization narrative. They are going to delete everything.
        You may need to move your website off of WordPress and move it to a different domain host.
        You may want to send the threatening email you received from ProPulbica along to WikiLeaks.

        People need to know about the coming internet purge!

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  20. I’m fairly certain you are. I follow you under a different account on Twitter and haven’t seen a tweet from you in months.

    Shadow banning is very common, unfortunately. It is way past time to impose common carrier status on social media. Just like the phone company cannot censor your conversations there, social media should not be allowed to interfere with content there. Social media is the modern day phone company.

    Keep up the good fight, Ann.

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  21. thetinfoilhatsociety said

    Gab. It’s crowd funded and has engineers who are pro free speech. https://gab.ai

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  22. Expand your email contacts!!! I get your posts through g-mail almost daily. I then tweet them and post to FB. I’ve noticed, too, that my Twitter followers can suddenly decline in increments of 10-20 in one day and then pretty much stay frozen for a period of time. It’s a WAR!!!!

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  23. futuret said

    Dear Ann—

    I am sure you have all our individual emails, if not can you provide us with an email that we can keep in touch with you on an individual basis. You can choose to communicate with us at random. Things are getting tight for sure. That way we do not loose each other. CENSORSHIP ON THE MOVE. Let us know, if you like, where we can send our email addresses to you, and which email address you would prefer to use. REMEMBER OUR LOVE IS WITH YOU!

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  24. Anne: My Twitter account gets 4-5 new followers per day according to Notifications, yet my total count has not risen in months. I suspect they have an algorithm that aggregates each of us into a number of ‘threat’ categories. You clearly are an emerging ‘threat’ to them. Keep up the great work!

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  25. Ac Hawk said

    Dear Ann, I read your email posts daily and forward them to alert other people. Please don’t be discouraged- because.YOU have an enormous “shadow following”! We’re just not very visible. I love what you do for us. Thanks!

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  26. wm2538 said

    Go to YouTube – search 9/11 Forced Ignorance

    The counter has been stuck on 252 for six months.

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  27. This is happening to everyone on the right. The best strategy is to have a few accounts (which I think you do) and encourage people to follow at least two of your accounts. If one goes down, they can find you via the backup.

    With respect to Twitter, I don’t think I ever miss your tweets. First, I have unchecked “Hide sensitive content” (under Settings – Privacy and Safety). Second, I have you on a Twitter “list,” which avoids the Twitter algorithms and ensures I see everything in chronological order.

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  28. missybblog said

    Ms. Corcoran – you need to start using gab.ai. It is a fairly new platform like Twitter, but MUCH MUCH better. There is no censorship. And, you can use 300 characters per post. We would love to have you there.
    https://gab.ai/home

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  29. 9eyedeel said

    I frequently post a link to your posts over on gab:

    https://gab.ai/home

    gab is positing itself as a free-speech alternative to twitter, it is definitely LESS EVIL THAN TWITTER, it appears to be experiencing good growth right now

    maybe you would be happy over there (I do both twitter and gab) but anyways

    you probably knew all this already, heehee, sorry…

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  30. ruthred@verizon.net said

    There is a new social media outfit called GAB.

    Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

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  31. it could be…your site has NOTHING to offer, anymore.

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  32. Joy Polo said

    Join gab.ai they are the free speech alternative to twitter platform that does not ban or censor.

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  33. Kevin Lynn said

    Consider it a badge of honor

    Best regards,

    Kevin Lynn

    Executive Director Progressives for Immigration reform

    1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 (O) 202.543.5325 (F) 202.595.0258 (c) 626.825.1331 Klynn@pfirdc.org

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  34. YouTube has been Shadow banning too for quite some time. Sometimes you can see your Comments but no one else can. A Saudi Prince that invested in Twitter is now second largest shareholder giving him lots of clout to outright ban or Shadow Ban Tweets that are Anti-Muslim or Anti-Islam. Saudi arabiam money is also greatly responsible for our Universities becoming Anti-American, Anti-Western, Pro-Islam
    “Educational” Leftist Hellholes.
    https://qz.com/519388/this-saudi-prince-now-owns-more-of-twitter-than-jack-dorsey-does/

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