Twitter ‘blacklist’ victims praise Elon Musk for revealing censorship

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Twitter users who were secretly “shadow-banned” by the social media giant under previous management praised new CEO Elon Musk for releasing records that show how their speech was suppressed on the platform.

Stanford University professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya offered his thanks to Musk and independent journalist Bari Weiss for revealing Thursday night that he’d been put on Twitter’s “Trends Blacklist” after arguing against COVID-19 lockdowns.

“Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” Bhattacharya tweeted.

The health policy expert also said that “censorship of scientific discussion permitted policies like school closures” and harmed “a generation of children.”

“I’m curious about what role the government played in Twitter’s suppression of covid policy discussion,” Bhattacharya added. “We will see with time, I suppose.”

Twitter’s new CEO, Elon Musk, is releasing records showing how some users were suppressed on the platform.

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Twitter has received backlash from the released records.

Fox News host Dan Bongino, who was put on Twitter’s “Search Blacklist,” angrily called that move “some Soviet-style bulls–t” during a Thursday night appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

“Elon Musk has changed the future of all big tech moving forward,” he said.

On Friday morning, Bongino tweeted that he has also been targeted by Facebook, YouTube and Google Ads.

A picture of independent journalist, Bari Weiss.
Independent journalist Bari Weiss helped Elon Musk by revealing how Twitter censored several people on the social media app.
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A picture of Stanford University professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
Stanford University professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was put on Twitter’s “Trends Blacklist” after arguing against COVID-19 lockdowns.

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“I’m curious about what role the government played in Twitter’s suppression of covid policy discussion,” Bhattacharya tweeted.

“Yet we’re still reaching millions. Imagine what we could do without the censorship,” he wrote.

Radio host and conservative activist Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, who was secretly given a “Do Not Amplify” label, tweeted Friday morning, “We’ll never know how different the country would be had they never put their thumb on the scale.”

“All of this is evil, un-American, and it should be criminal,” he wrote. “Musk is doing the right thing. He’s done more for liberating free speech in 5 weeks than the GOP has done in the last 50 years.”

Fox News host Dan Bonginon was put on Twitter's "Search Blacklist."
The Fox News host was put on Twitter’s “Search Blacklist.”

Bongino recently tweeted that he has also been targeted by Facebook, YouTube, and Google Ads.
Bongino recently tweeted that he has also been targeted by Facebook, YouTube and Google Ads.

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Dan Bongino is a Fox News host who was censored on Twitter.

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Conservative activist Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA was secretly given a “Do Not Amplify” label on Twitter.
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Thursday’s revelations came after independent journalist Matt Taibbi last week posted internal Twitter documents that detailed the suppression of The Post’s October 2020 scoop about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.

Those moves included locking out The Post from its main Twitter account for two weeks over the baseless assertion that the story was based on “hacked materials.”

Twitter demanded the removal of six tweets from the account but caved after The Post held fast and refused to comply.


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