Who are the Gatekeepers of the News and Social Media
Whether its Radio , TV , Print or Internet news , you will find that the chosen News Stories are the same accross the entire platform , they are synchronized .
The people who decide on what people should hear and read and what they shouldn't have enormous power in their hands . They have the power to influence , the power to shape society right down to the way we vote .
They are the GateKeepers .
GateKeepers also exist in social networking circles .
Have you ever wondered what happens exactly when you post to facebook or twitter.
So You've typed out your tweet or facebook post , you're very happy with its content and think others will like it .
You hit the button and send it on its way . It eventually lands at the door of facebook or twitter .
It knocks on the door . The door opens slightly where someone (either human or a program) examines the Content of your post . If the post is rejected , the door is shut and the post lands flat on its face where nobody will ever see it except you . A practice known as 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
Conrado miranda , another former twitter engineer added :
basically twitter is like a huge set of tweets and loads of filters on top of it , we have a stream of tweets and we have one filter just kicking out some of them
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 .