Twitter Censors Trump and Campaign 486 Times, Leaves Biden Alone

By Corinne Weaver

Twitter’s relentless censorship siege continues against President Donald Trump and his campaign. The site restricted video clips from prominent conservatives, Fox News, Fox Business, and at least one congressman.

The president’s Twitter account and the account for his campaign, @TeamTrump, have been censored, suppressed, and limited 486 times since May 31, 2018. Since Dec. 7, both accounts have received 50 more labels, and in some cases, a new form of censorship. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his campaign, @TeamJoe, have not been censored at all. 

Some tweets from Trump’s Twitter were completely disabled on Dec. 12, according to Business Insider. Users were not able to like, retweet, quote tweet, or comment on these tweets. A label on one tweet reportedly said, “We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we’ve disabled most of the ways to engage with it.” Twitter removed this label and the harsher censorship a few hours later, but left another label in its stead: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” 

Some of the labeled tweets from the past seven days included video clips from Fox News host Mark LevinNewsmax clips featuring Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, and Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  

Meanwhile, Trump’s Twitter account lost 220,000 followers, according to Forbes. Biden’s Twitter followers spiked by 40 percent, gaining 1.5 million followers in the same time span that Trump lost followers. Forbes pointed out that this is the first time in five years that Trump’s Twitter account has lost followers for more than two consecutive days. 

But don’t be fooled by the mild-mannered term “context,” which Twitter likes to use as the reason for the labels. Labels indicate censorship. Even the platform has admitted that the company “de-amplified” labeled tweets. 

Twitter announced in an Oct. 9 blog: “Tweets with labels are already de-amplified through our own recommendation systems and these new prompts will give individuals more context on labeled Tweets so they can make more informed decisions on whether or not they want to amplify them to their followers.” The company also stated that users who choose to retweet labeled tweets would receive a prompt “pointing them to credible information.” 

Media and tech figures alike are eager and pushing for the day Twitter finally bans Trump. For tech media figures like podcast host Kara Swisher, that day can’t come soon enough. “But I am here to tell you that the president’s tenure as troll in chief is at an ignominious end. Mr. Trump’s magic social media wand will soon be powerless,” Swisher wrote in a commentary for The New York Times on Nov. 17.  …

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.