Tag: Twitter

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is Twitter “Shadowbanning” Conservatives?

 

I spoke with OAN host Liz Wheeler about the allegations that Twitter is silencing many of its users. Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart Tech and frequent guest of Ricochet’s own Radio Free Delingpole, revealed that the financially troubled social platform is using a technique called “shadowbanning” to limit the reach of accounts that promote a non-PC message:

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.

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Taking a time out from yesterday’s sports holy day, I had to point out that our friends at NARAL dutifully used their tweet to let us know which Super Bowl commercials were acceptable to enjoy (along with tips on how to enjoy them). They obviously long for a regime where they’d perform this function in an official, government-sanctioned capacity backed by force of law but, until then, they can practice. Here’s the commercial that earned their ire:

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When I got to that point in the Ricochet sign-up I had to stop and think. You see, I know how the Internet works. Every single employer I get from now to forever will google my name and see it associated with right wing ravings. Never mind that I don’t actually rave often; employers are […]

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My title is an exaggeration, but it is based on this article in N.R.: Islam and Twitter The Saudis have been investing in media and web sites with the apparent intent to smother criticism of Islam or sharia law. Combine this with the extreme political correctness that already is dominant in Reddit, Facebook etc, and the […]

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The specimen of cuban style healthcare Michael Moore outside Trump Tower. For those not on Twitter, here’s the fun you’ve been missing. Michael Moore says #WeAreAllMuslim. Oddly, radical Muslims agree and are willing to kill those who disagree to prove it. Preview Open

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The world is spinning out of control in strange and hilarious directions. From SF Gate, courtesy of AllenBWest.  Anonymous is wielding a new weapon of mass disruption in its ongoing social media war with the Islamic State — Rick Astley videos. Preview Open

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Howdy, folks. If you’re on Twitter, and you would like others to know your handle over there, you can publish it here. This post will be marked non-promote, but that’s only a convenience setting — there is actually no security on the internet. So don’t share what you can’t bear, but if your (selected) identity […]

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The Twitterverse, the media, and Hillary Clinton are up in arms about a new pharmaceutical start-up that bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug that helps offset the ravages of AIDS. Turing's CEO explains why the company raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill http://t.co/eJrIk01Lej pic.twitter.com/wGBLATpzlv Preview Open

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Donald Trump is not exactly the kind of person you would think would connect with the Millennial Generation, unless perhaps you go by the theory that he is the type that tends to be most popular among those who haven’t seen his act before. And yet, if you’ve been paying attention to conservative political social […]

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mrjusticetwitterAmid all the bad news on Twitter this week — especially including all the recent Supreme Court decisions — something wonderful happened just the other day. E. L. James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, opened herself to questions.

Among the wonderful responses she received:

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For this week’s installment of the pink police state blues, you can read Mr. James Poulos himself, the first & possibly last poet of the pink police state. He’s saying, we’re ruthless–we sometimes care more about abstract ideas than the people in front of us. I’m writing because I’ve been talking to an American friend […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘The Bride at Every Wedding, the Corpse at Every Funeral’

 

As Troy Senik noted earlier, the music world lost Blues great B.B. King yesterday. Fans around the world shared thousands of photos of the legend and videos of his performances. Then our president did something he always seems to do when a great man or woman passes on: he tweeted a photo of himself.

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Did you read this? Of course not, you’re sensible men & women! But I did. Great credit to the race I am, I know. A very silly woman very indecently was staring at a guy’s Twitter–there were days when a young woman would not be staring at a man’s Twitter, I know, but those halcyon days are […]

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Chris Morse is a Twitter acquaintance, so I don’t want to pick on him . . . but — when anybody starts a series of tweets lecturing white guys about their closed-mindedness. . . Even if a character isn't your particular race or gender doesn't mean you can't relate to them. We need to realize […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Sociology of #ShowUsYourFridge

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 11.48.08 AMA couple of weeks ago, an app called Meerkat was introduced at SXSW in Austin, Texas. It quick became the talk of the conference, and politicians and celebrities became high-profile early adopters. This past Thursday, Twitter responded with the release of Periscope. I read in a couple of places that Twitter wasn’t 100% ready to release Periscope, but the viral success of Meerkat forced its hand.

Both apps do the exact same thing: allow users to broadcast live video from wherever they are in the world, via their smartphones or tablets. As you can see in the picture below, the only real difference is the look of the apps. Twitter users can watch, comment on, and rate the live feeds.

Just hours after Periscope was released, an explosion (likely from a gas main) caused a building to collapse, injured many inside, and killed two. Being that it happened in New York City, the home base of most United States mass media — and since New York is always a terror target — the story was widely covered on the networks. But it also quickly became a good reason to download and use these apps.