Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Twitter Employees Admit To Censoring Conservatives, Designing New AI For Further Censorship

Twitter Employees Admit To Censoring Conservatives, Designing New AI For Further Censorship

"We're more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation", Haynes can be heard saying in response to a question about what Twitter is doing to stop Trump's tweets.

Project Veritas believes twitter instigates shadow bans as a way to quell conservative propaganda. Based on that statement, Twitter's censorship appears to be skewed largely against conservatives. Google is now being sued by a former employee alleging discrimination for his conservative views, and Twitter has run into controversy over monitoring each user's internet activity and potentially penalizing them for the sites they visit.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Clay Haynes has been employed by Twitter since September 2016.

Watch Ex-Twitter Employees Brag About "Shadow Banning" Political Opinions They Don't Like -'One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control, ' a former employee says in the Project Veritas video.

Describing himself as the bouncer of the network, Mr. Haynes also details the level of information Twitter retains in its databases about their hundreds of millions of users.

"Umm, yeah, it's actually how we do it", Singh replied. "We're trying for the shitty people to not show up", she said. "I can tell you exactly who logged in from where, what username and password, when they changed their password".

And while many conservatives - including ostensibly President Trump - use Twitter on a daily basis, Haynes made it clear that there is no room for the conservative mindset at the company.

An undercover reporter then asked Singh whether the "majority of the algorithms" are "against conservatives or liberals", to which he responded, "I would say a majority of it are for Republicans, because they're all from Russian Federation, and they wanted Trump to win". "In fact, we had internal reviews about that..."

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He then explains that he could use the data Twitter retains on its users to advance his cause, noting "We're more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation".

"Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers". Even the ones he's deleted.

Haynes then dropped the bombshell that Twitter is also providing the Justice Department "any direct messages, any mentions" as well, which appears to be a gross violation of Twitter users' privacy.

Haynes position may not reflect Twitter's official stance on Trump's tweets, however. That tweet said, "We stand with @tim_cook [Apple's CEO] and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!"and carried a link to Tim Cook's open letter explaining his company's decision".

However, O'Keefe may have succeeded in revealing a rumored leftist political bias at Twitter, which the comments by Haynes would tend to support. "This is no fun".

"We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative", a spokesperson for the social media platform said to the International Business Times. "Twitter only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request".

O'Keefe stated in a press release, that "even if Haynes was just speculating about helping Justice, his admission shows a clear and risky political bias at the highest levels of Twitter". "We do take actions to downrank accounts that are abusive, and mark them accordingly so people can still to click through and see these Tweets if they so choose".

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