Investigative reporter James O’Keefe called out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for leaving his account unverified, despite the fact that he is a nationally famous personality, and that there are several copycat accounts pretending to be him.
“Just reached 550K followers and [President Trump] is now retweeting this account. Give me one legitimate reason [Twitter] refuses to verify this account, [Jack Dorsey], especially when there are impersonation attempts against me on your platform,” he said on Twitter.
The verification badge is usually given to accounts of national importance, and especially to those accounts which are subject to impersonation, so that users can rightfully identify the real user. Instead, Twitter has turned its verification badge into a symbol of those users who hold the “correct” opinions. There are local news reporters in tiny markets, who have fewer than 1,000 followers, but whom Twitter has decided to verify. Here is but one example:
The only logical explanation for such behavior on the part of Twitter is that the company is using the verification badge to signal whose opinions it approves. You might recall that Laura Loomer had her verification badge pulled before Twitter nuked her 260,000-follower account completely last November.
Such sleights-of-hand are common on the micro-blogging platform. It does, indeed, delete the accounts of conservatives with whom it disagrees, but it also subtly censors accounts in other ways. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) noted Saturday that a post on his account, which shared a video of the Navy’s Blue Angels, was marked as “sensitive” content.
This site reported:
The Governor of Texas said Saturday that he suspects Twitter is tampering with his account, and that he has called a meeting with the anti-conservative tech giant which could result in regulations.
“Multiple reports say Twitter categorized my Blue Angels post as sensitive,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said. “Just another way Twitter is erecting challenges for conservatives and for American institutions. My office is calling Twitter officials for a meeting. Greater regulation of Twitter is on the table.”
The Blue Angels, whom Abbott praised earlier Saturday, are a group of elite Navy fighter pilots who perform at air shows and events nationwide. Somehow, according to Abbott, Twitter thinks posting about the group constitutes “sensitive” content.
Loomer is currently suing Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for banning her from the platform.
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