Conservative Twitter Upset Over So-Called 'Bot Purge' That Leads to Shadow Banning

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 5:25 PM

In the past, Twitter has been known to censor conservative voices. Now, it appears that the social media website has targeted conservative accounts in what is being labeled as the #TwitterLockout.

About the Lockout

According to conservatives on Twitter, they've been drastically losing followers and some accounts have been completely removed from the website. Twitter, on the other hand, says they're purging the website of all bots, especially after claims of Russian bots meddling in U.S. elections.

"Twitter's tools are apolitical," the company told Fox News."As part of our ongoing work in safety, we identify suspicious account behaviors that indicate automated activity or violations of our policies around having multiple accounts, or abuse. We also take action on any accounts we find that violate our terms of service, including asking account owners to confirm a phone number so we can confirm a human is behind it. That's why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks."

The Conservative Outcry

Conservatives quickly took to Twitter to let their followers know that the purge is a real thing that's taking place.

Some people decided to use this opportunity to find new followers and interact with conservatives they had yet to "meet" before.

Project Veritas used the lockout as an opportunity to remind conservatives of what Twitter has done in the past.

The Liberal Response

Liberals were quick to cheer about the #TwitterLockout, or what they're referring to as "The Purge." For many of them, Twitter's alleged censorship was nothing more than a source of entertainment.