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Several journalists work hand in hand with Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, to publicize the company’s irregularities regarding freedom of expression and the influence that this digital platform has had on politics and society.
In this installment, newsletter author and former New York Times op-ed columnist Bari Weiss claimed that Twitter ran a blacklist that defined who to limit on the social network.
Weiss focused on several specific accounts, including conservative activist Charlie Kirk, Stanford physician Jay Bhattacharya and Chaya Raichik, who operates the LibsOfTikTok account.
“A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users,” Wiss wrote on Twitter.
Weiss showed several examples of how Twitter censored the accounts it wanted and benefited others. He further added that “in internal Slack messages, Twitter employees spoke of using technicalities to restrict the visibility of tweets and subjects.”
Likewise, the journalist assured that the last two revelations are only the beginning of the investigations they are carrying out on the subject. “We’re just getting started on our reporting. Documents cannot tell the whole story here. A big thank you to everyone who has spoken to us so far,” she commented.