Elon Musk, who supposedly took Twitter private to free the company from its censorship stronghold, is doing everything he promised not to do with this latest "freedom of speech vs. freedom of reach approach" to tweet visibility.
From now on, Twitter's moderators will slap special shadowban labels on tweets that violate the company's "hateful conduct" policy. Tweets that bear the shadowban label will barely be visible, if at all, to the outside world.
Keep in mind that shadowbanning is something that Twitter claimed was not even happening prior to the Musk takeover. This was later debunked as a lie with the release of the Twitter Files.
Now, Musk himself is personally implementing a new shadowbanning policy that exposes himself as just another corrupt corporate figurehead who lies constantly and stirs the pot for attention.
"Visibility limited: this Tweet may violate Twitter's rules against Hateful Conduct" is the message that will now appear alongside any tweet that Musk and his employees personally feel is hateful.
(Related: Twitter is a hotbed of government spooks whose job it is to spy on and censor users.)
According to Twitter Safety, tweets that bear this warning label will be harder to find on Twitter, which has also said it will "not place ads adjacent to" them. In the coming months, other possible policy violations could see the same warning label.
Twitter says its conduct policy is designed to "prohibit behavior that targets individuals or groups with abuse based on their perceived membership in a protected category." One example of this is the Cult of LGBT and the special protected class known as transgenders.
If a Twitter user tweets that only biological males are men and only biological females are women, as one example, the social media platform will strip the tweet of all advertising revenue and block it from view to the outside world.
The person who tweeted the message will still be able to see it, but pretty much nobody else will. This effectively limits the reach of such messaging, ensuring as few eyes as possible see it.
"Restricting the reach of Tweets helps reduce binary 'leave up versus take down' content moderation decisions and supports our freedom of speech vs. freedom of reach approach," the company says.
Recognizing that such a system is riddled with bias, encouraging the arbitrary removal of free speech content, Twitter is getting ahead of the criticism by admitting it "may get it wrong occasionally" when it comes to censorship.
Users who feel as though their "hateful" tweets were inappropriately labeled and shadowbanned as such can provide feedback to Twitter, which will then arbitrarily decide whether to reinstate the tweet for public viewing.
None of this exists at Brighteon.social, by the way. This social media alternative to Twitter is a bastion of free speech where you will not have to worry about corporate censorship, the whims of Elon Musk, or any other threat to your First Amendment rights.
"Musk shouldn't have driveled about free speech if he intended to censor conservatives even more than the previous Twitter management, which is what happened" wrote one incensed commenter about Elon Musk's lies.
"He should have said, 'I'm going to take censorship of conservatives to new levels because it's my company and I can do whatever I want.' Honesty is better than deception."
More of the latest news about Twitter under Musk can be found at Censorship.news.
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