The surface has only been scratched on the government’s collusion with Big Tech to unconstitutionally stifle freedom of expression. There’s a long way to go. From Jeffrey Tucker at brownstone.org:
Last night was quite the ride.
Bari Weiss, who left the New York Times in protest against the culture of that paper, had been given access to another tranche of inside information about the operation of Twitter before Elon Musk took over. She found vast confirmation of what we’ve suspected for years now: the platform was censoring people who objected to lockdowns and vaccine mandates among the whole litany of coercion and compulsion that swept the world from March 2020.
The first person highlighted here is Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya, who only joined the platform in the summer of 2021. During this entire time, Twitter spokespeople had said repeatedly that it did not shadowban but of course all of us knew otherwise.
It turns out that the company had an elaborate system for deboosting, shadowbanning, trending topic bans, search bans, and other fancy tricks all designed to minimize as much as possible the reach of a person’s account.
You can see some of the controls imposed from the admin panel. He was treated lightly compared with others. More than 10,000 were banned.