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The Conspiracy Theories Were Real, and Other Revelations

Posted on AllSides December 30th, 2022
From The Right
Free Speech, Online Censorship, Twitter, Social Media
Carlos Barria/Reuters

It was all real — and you can’t possibly believe it was just Twitter.

On December 8, 2022, during the second drop of Elon Musk–sourced “Twitter files” revelations about the popular social-media platform’s behavior before Musk’s takeover, former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss demonstrated that Twitter maintained a wide variety of sophisticated tools used to silence controversial accounts. Weiss provided multiple empirical examples, across a thread of almost 30 tweets. For example, respected Stanford University physician and researcher Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was placed on a “trends blacklist” in 2021 — preventing his micro-blogs from ever...

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