Imagine the horror if the post office took letters you sent and instead of delivering them, secretly threw them in the trash.
That’s what I strongly suspect is happening on social media networks like Twitter, Facebook and others — run by activist liberals — who appear to be discriminating against conservatives.
It’s called “shadow banning” or “stealth banning” where users’ posts are blocked from appearing in followers’ news feeds.
I fear this type of deceptive censorship is happening to me, as well as scores of other conservatives throughout the country — including Prager University, an educational company whose ads promoting right-leaning videos were blocked by Twitter in February.
PragerU fired back, tweeting it was an example of “big tech’s war against conservative ideas online.”
They’re not alone. For a while now I’ve wondered why my popular conservative opinion columns barely get any engagement on Twitter — but the same column gets heavy traction elsewhere. Then I’ll go on Fox News where millions watch.
On Twitter? Crickets.
My suspicion is Twitter and Facebook suppress supporters of President Trump.
Over the past few weeks I reached out to many of my Twitter and Facebook followers to inquire if they’re seeing my columns in their news feeds — the majority are not.
Sherry on Twitter told me, “This is the first post I have seen from you in ages and I’m a follower.” Sam said he has to go to my page because he doesn’t see my column in his feed. Michael said, “I follow you but never see your columns. This also happens with other conservatives I follow.”
Social media networks admit they control what goes in our feeds to allegedly “enhance” the user experience. They curate news stories that appear in our feeds, supposedly based on who we engage with.
But that’s ludicrous. How can anyone engage with someone’s content if they’re blocked from your feed?
Meanwhile, countless liberals post vile content but all too often their tweets aren’t blocked.
Facebook has been harassing and threatening to suspend Trump supporters Diamond & Silk for months. And on Twitter this week, best-selling author Brad Thor was issued a suspension warning for engaging in a civilized Second Amendment debate with a liberal.
The double standards are endless.
Maybe Congress should ask Mark Zuckerberg today why he’s violating my First Amendment rights. Or maybe I should just call my lawyer.
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