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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: 5, Insightful) by Arik on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:15AM

    by Arik (4543) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @04:15AM (#337765) Journal
    Twitter, Facebook, etc. are and have always been the anti-internet.

    Their very architecture is the antithesis of the internet.

    WHY OH WHY did you ever give them any business to begin with?

    If you want microblogging then let us implement a decentralized microblogging architecture and use that. Usenet in the UUCP days is a more than adequate model to start from. Want a social network? I am told several different suitable architectures already exist. Pick the best, polish it, use it.

    Simply making an account at facebook or twitter is helping the enemy, if only in a very tiny way. Do not promote these things. Do not rely on them. Do not recruit for them. If you find them useful, then work towards making alternatives that provide the same utility without such an unconscionably high cost. Please.
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    If laughter is the best medicine, who are the best doctors?
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