By: Brian Evans
Reports have surfaced that Twitter has reportedly been deleting as many as 10,000 accounts, after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee requested them to do so.
Twitter told Reuters
“We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter.”
However, the removal of 10,000 Twitter accounts from September through October, was reportedly done at the request of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), who works to help elect Democrats to the United States House of Representatives. The (DCCC) allegedly began working to implement a crack down on what they deemed “misinformation” about Democratic candidates in 2016, and what they claim to be disinformation about Democrat candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.
Apparently, Democrats are hoping that their efforts to crack down on social media will help if there is a large amount of social media activity during the final days before the election. Reuters reported that the DCCC implements tools developed by University of Indiana computer researchers called “Hoaxley” and “Botometer.” They claim that it is designed to help to identify and analyze the spread of bot accounts.
The (DCCC) also works with multiple tech companies like RoBhat Labs, which is a firm who specializes in detecting bots and identifying political-bias in messages. RoBhat Labs co-founder Ash Bhat stated…
“We provide the DNC with reports about what we’re seeing in terms of bot activity and where it’s being amplified… We can’t tell you who’s behind these different operations, Twitter hides that from us, but with the technology, you know when and how it’s happening.”
Ultimately, the problem with the (DCCC) working with software to identify what they call ‘political bias’, and then coordinating with Twitter, to target and remove people from the platform, it essentially puts censorship in the hand of one party, over another. Consequently, the Democrats have been able to silence conservative voices, because they are politically biased against Democrats, but allow the free flow of ideas, information, and dis-information coming from the left. As a result, it creates not only an unfair playing field in elections, but it is a dangerous precedent to set for social media. In fact, it was a tool used by communist governments to silence political opponents, and effectively control the voices of the people. Certainly something that we cannot allow to continue in the United States of America.