CONSERVATIVES IN AN UPROAR AFTER TWITTER DEPLOYS DRACONIAN SHADOWBAN FILTER | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CONSERVATIVES IN AN UPROAR AFTER TWITTER DEPLOYS DRACONIAN SHADOWBAN FILTER

Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply acting like a jerk, it will push your tweets lower down. It’s the biggest update so far in the company’s push to create healthier conversations, an initiative announced by its CEO Jack Dorsey in March.

Among the signals Twitter will use: whether you tweet at large numbers of accounts you don’t follow, how often you’re blocked by people you interact with, whether you created many accounts from a single IP address, and whether your account is closely related to others that have violated its terms of service. -BuzzFeed

“A lot of our past action has been content-based, and we have been shifting more and more toward conduct and behaviors on the system,” Dorsey said in a Monday briefing at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

The push is meant to get out ahead of problems that might normally result in an abuse report under the existing system. In testing, Twitter said the changes led to an 8% drop in abuse reports on conversations (the discussions that happen in the replies to a tweet) and a 4% drop in abuse reports in search. These drops, the company believes, indicate that something is working.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answer here is quite clear; use social media formats which do not censor, as those seen on the left hand panel of this website. Twitter needs to be ignored out of existence for this, and the time for this to happen, is right the heck now.

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