Social Media censorship and control of public discourse
You hit the button and send it on its way where it lands at the door of facebook or twitter .
The door opens slightly where someone (either human or program) examines the content of your post . If the post is rejected , the door is shut firmly and the post lands flat on its face where nobody will ever see it except you . A practice known as 'shadow banning'.
Twitter Shadow Banning
In a hidden camera interview , Abhinav Vadrevu , a former software engineer at twitter explains the practice of shadow banning .
one strategy is to shadow ban so that you have ultimate control . the idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don't know they've been banned because they keep posting but no one sees their content , so they just think that no one is engaging with their content when in reality no one is seeing it. you just sort of turn off all the features for them so they still see everything . you can like it , favourite it , retweet or whatever, but at the end of the day no one else interacts , no one else sees what your doing , so all that data is just thrown away , its like risky though , because people will figure it out ,its a lot of bad press , its unethical in some way
Abhinav Vadrevu , former software engineer at twitter
Facebook Shadow Banning
In July , Facebook became the first of the social media giants to be granted a patent for a shadow banning system that hides the users posts from the platform without them realising it . The patent entitled “Moderating content in an online forum.” was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as far back as 2015 and granted to them in July. The patent description as lodged with the US patents office explains how the system works ... "the social networking system may receive a list of proscribed content and block comments containing the proscribed content by reducing the distribution of those comments to other viewing users. However, the social networking system may display the blocked content to the commenting user such that the commenting user is not made aware that his or her comment was blocked, thereby providing fewer incentives to the commenting user to spam the page or attempt to circumvent the social networking system filters" - link to document
Below : Facebook Shadow Banning Patent lodged with the US Patent and Trademark Office
Google Search Manipulation
In July , Robert Epstein, Journalist , Professor and former editor and chief of Psychology Today whos writings have appeared in The Washington Post and Sunday Times (London) presented research to the US Senate Judiciary Committee which indicated that Google manipulated its search engine results to give Hillary Clintan upwards of 2.6 million additional votes in the 2016 presidential elections and in 2020 the company could manipulate "upwards of 15 million votes" for their chosen candidate . Epstein recommended that Google's search index be made public in the interests of impartiality .
Using methods such as the shadow banning technique , Social Media Corporations via their GateKeepers have huge power to shape people's minds and influence political outcomes , referendum results , elections etc by filtering out certain views . With such power to control , it is not surprising that our government would travel to the USA and specifically seek out these corporations among thousands of others to bring their headquarters to Ireland .