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posted by martyb on Wednesday April 27 2016, @01:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the is-a-Trump-tweet-called-a-Treet? dept.

You were warned. Now it begins.

Since the implementation of Twitter's new algorithmic timeline back in February of this year, conservatives, libertarians and anti-establishment dissidents alike have been waiting for the social media platform to interfere in the current U.S. election cycle. Now it seems that there is clear evidence of Twitter censoring the current Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

A tweet sent from Trump's account at 3:04 PM EDT yesterday is not visible from his timeline, even when showing "Tweets and replies." That message included a video wherein Trump declared that "the establishment and special interests are absolutely killing our country."At the time of this writing, the tweet is still publicly accessible via a direct link and thus has not been deleted either by Twitter or by someone operating on the Trump account.

This archive.is link has a copy of the timeline taken before this article was published which clearly shows the tweet not appearing where it should be — between a tweet sent at 12:10 PM EDT and one sent at 3:27 PM EDT; it is possible that the tweet may be reintroduced to the timeline in order to hide the manipulation.

Today it's one Trump tweet, tomorrow it will be you.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:27AM (#337710)

    Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you're morally right in doing it. People can criticize Twitter's decisions without saying they shouldn't be allowed to make those decisions.

    Jesus. I see this same type of reply whenever someone criticizes some decision a company makes. Are that many people really so stupid that they can't tell the difference between a criticism and someone saying the company should be legally forbidden from taking a certain course of action, or are they intentionally dishonest, or perhaps a combination of both?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:44AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:44AM (#337721)

    Except it cuts both ways.
    Sure people can criticize private corps, but you frequently hear self-styled libertarians defending a private corp's right to do whatever it wants because exercising that freedom is central to libertarian morality.

    Seems to me that buzz was just playing buzz-word bingo, throwing in a list of all the tribes he identifies with in order to puff up the gravitas of this case.

    This was just algorithms at work and when a human got around to double-checking it, the human applied judgment and undid the algorithm. No conspiracy to "hide the manipulation." Happens all the fucking time, in fact that's pretty much the way it is supposed to work - computer-assisted human decision-making. But now it's buzz's pet issue and suddenly it is a unique snowflake.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday April 27 2016, @10:01AM

      What, you think I somehow gave up my right to say "they're fascist, SJW assholes" because I believe they have the right to be fascist, SWJ assholes? Your logic, it does not resemble our Earth logic.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @11:16AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @11:16AM (#337880)

        If you expect anyone to do anything about it you give up your right to call yourself a libertarian.

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday April 27 2016, @03:32PM

          Wow, you've got some quality stupid going on today. You only give up your right to the libertarian label if you want the government to do something about it. Social pressure in the form of speech, boycotts, etc... has nothing to do with being a libertarian.

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:49AM (#337725)

    Jesus. I ... [blah blah]

    Why you so butthurt?

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday April 27 2016, @03:09AM

    by c0lo (156) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @03:09AM (#337742) Journal

    I see this same type of reply whenever someone criticizes some decision a company makes

    What if it wasn't a private company that made this decision [soylentnews.org]?

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