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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: 1) by nitehawk214 on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:43AM

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @02:43AM (#337720)

    Well Twitter is all for censorship via their Trust & Safety Council.

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    "Don't you ever miss the days when you used to be nostalgic?" -Loiosh
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by GungnirSniper on Wednesday April 27 2016, @03:04AM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @03:04AM (#337735) Journal

    A Trust and Safety Council sounds like what a dictatorship would setup after a putsch. Anything with professional agitator Anita Sarkeesian and the linguistic authoritarians from dangerousspeech.org is not going to promote free discussion.

    Inflammatory public speech rises steadily before outbreaks of mass violence, suggesting that it is a precursor of, or even a prerequisite for violence. In many cases, a few influential figures turn their own people against another group, using speech that has a special capacity to inspire violence: Dangerous Speech. Found in myriad languages, cultures, and religions, Dangerous Speech is uncannily similar across them. For example, it often refers to people as insects, vermin, aliens, threats, or pollution.

    Violence may be prevented by diminishing such speech, or by making it less compelling to its audiences - without harming freedom of expression. The Dangerous Speech Project works to find the best ways to do this.

    Newspeak does not allow for facts that would interfere with xenophiles' beliefs. "We're all the same" and "everyone is equal" but "we get to decide what is acceptable."

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by tangomargarine on Wednesday April 27 2016, @01:44PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday April 27 2016, @01:44PM (#337928)

      a·li·en
      ˈālēən/
      adjective
      adjective: alien

              1.
              belonging to a foreign country or nation.

      noun
      noun: alien; plural noun: aliens

              1.
              a foreigner, especially one who is not a naturalized citizen of the country where they are living.

      Those bastards with their dictionaries, using words correctly! String 'em all up, I say.

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