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Twitter Censorship Spikes: Site Restricts Trump and Campaign 111 Times

by | Nov 10, 2020

By Corinne Weaver

[November 9] Through its rampant censorship, Twitter has done its best to silence President Donald Trump. However, neither former Vice President Joe Biden nor his campaign have received any labels or filters of any kind.

Election Day brought with it a huge spike in Twitter’s censorship. The company’s arsenal used against Team Trump included labels, filters, blocking URLs and preventing users from commenting on certain tweets. This same treatment was also handed to the Trump campaign Twitter account. 

Since Nov. 3, Trump’s personal Twitter account was censored 35 times as he tweeted about ballots and election counts. Overall, Twitter has censored Trump since May 31, 2018, a grand total of 111 times. In contrast, Biden and his campaign have received no forms of censorship or suppression. 

Nine tweets over the past 24 hours were given labels from Twitter. The latest censored Trump tweet, a Nov. 8 video clip from Fox News’ “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” was given a label: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” However, in the video, Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist Tammy Bruce simply said, “There’s always some kind of fraud, that’s unavoidable. But when you’re dealing with the most vulnerable voting dynamic, which are the mail-in ballots, that’s the biggest issue. And now with it being about 50 percent of what came in, we have to be able to deal with the nature of the legitimacy of this and if it can be legitimate.”

In a second censored clip, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo discussed with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) the concept of “dead people voting.” Twitter labeled this video with “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” Yet, according to 2012 research done by the Pew Center on the States, 1.8 million deceased people were registered as voters. This topic has been discussed broadly by both sides in the past 10 years.

The third clip, an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the senator addressed the claims of voter fraud, saying, “The legal process is how you resolve those questions.” Twitter also labeled this video, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Noted conservative figures like pundit Dan Bongino, The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, and Paul Sperry, a media fellow for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, have been retweeted by Trump, only to be either labeled or given a filter over their tweets.

In a previous study, Twitter had been found to have censored both Trump and his campaign 64 times. 

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias