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Twitter Censorship Strikes Again

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It is known that Twitter likes to censorship content. They have the power to ban and shut down the accounts of regular people, and even the ability to ban world leaders and their posts. It looks like Silicon Valley can decide what we are permitted to see on the modern web. Recently they shut down the account of a vocal Trump supporter who happens to be a black woman.

Recent censorship

Melissa, who declined to give her last name to protect her children, recently tweeted that she plans on going to Washington, D.C. for the Young Black Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA. She was trying to raise funds from supporters on social media for the trip when her account was mysteriously shut down. And it wasn’t the first time. She had two Twitter accounts, each with thousands of followers, that were shut down.

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Obviously, this young black conservative Trump supporter doesn’t fit into the far-left vision that Twitter has. It looks like Twitter and its fellow Silicon Valley cronies are using their powerful platform to silence the voice from the right.

President Trump is figuring out how to avoid social media platforms and this kind of liberal manipulations, and reach his supporters directly.

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History of Twitter

Twitter is an American online news and social networking service on which users can post messages known as “tweets.” Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but in 2017, this limit was doubled for almost all languages, except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. You need to be a registered user to post tweets.

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Twitter is a very popular social media network, and earlier it was mostly used by older adults. But as years passed by, everyone started using this platform. It rapidly gained worldwide popularity, and in 2012, more than 100 million users were posting on Twitter. As of 2016, Twitter had more than 319 million monthly active users. It has also been the home of debates, and new covering Politics of the United States, and they proved they are the largest source of breaking news on the day of the 2016 election.

The company managed to raise over $57 million from venture capitalist growth funding. In 2011, the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal invested $300 million in social media giant, and at that time company was valued at $8.4 billion. In 2016, Twitter was valued by Forbes at $15.7 billion.

Twitter suspended many accounts in its history, mostly because they posted content which is not according to Twitters Terms of Use. But the Twitter is not the only one who can censorship the content, this social media site is banned completely in Iran, China, and North Korea, and has been intermittently blocked in numerous countries including Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Most recently the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey is facing serious questions at a Senate Intelligence Committee. Lawmakers and the public have scrutinized Twitter over its inability to prevent abuse on its platforms, and perceived political bias of its algorithms. The company is accused of letting liberal leanings filter into their products, resulting in alleged censorship and suppression.



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