Twitter denies shadow banning Republicans

Twitter has denied limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results, or “shadow banning” the accounts.

This follows a report by VICE which found that the Twitter accounts of several conservatives were not appearing in the auto-completing drop-down in the platform’s search function.

According to the report, Twitter directed VICE to a blog post the company published in May which outlined several steps it was taking to crack down on troll-like behaviour on Twitter.

However, Twitter has since issued a statement categorically denying that it shadow bans people on its platform.

It said the many accounts were not showing up in auto-completed search results was due to a wide-ranging issue on the platform.

“Hundreds of thousands of accounts were impacted by this issue. This impact was not limited to a certain political affiliation or geography. And, to be clear, these accounts were only impacted within search auto-suggestions – they still appeared in search results. This issue has now been resolved,” said Twitter.

Twitter added that certain Democrats were also not showing up within search auto-suggestions as result of this issue.

“Most accounts affected had nothing to do with politics at all,” said Twitter.

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Twitter denies shadow banning Republicans