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Twitter Censors Trump and Campaign 543 Times, But Never Biden

by | Dec 22, 2020

By Heather Moon

Twitter’s censorship crusade against President Donald Trump and his campaign pressed on this week. The site labeled videos from Fox News and One America News Network. It also labeled Peter Navarro’s report on election irregularities, and the Dominion Voting Systems audit report from Antrim County, Michigan, among other tweets.

The president’s Twitter account and the account for his campaign, @TeamTrump, have been censored, suppressed, and limited 543 times since May 31, 2018. Since Dec. 14, both accounts have received 57 more labels. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his campaign, @TeamJoe, have not been censored at all. 

Twitter also labeled several news clips. A clip from Mark Levin’s show on Fox News discussing how the Democratic Party and the media are using the election to divide the nation was labeled as having disputed claims about election fraud. The same warning was applied to multiple clips from One America News Network.

Peter Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and a presidential advisor, released a 36-page report alleging election fraud that was “more than sufficient” to flip the election. Twitter labeled a tweet to a story about Navarro’s report and a video clip of a Fox News segment in which Navarro discussed his conclusions. The platform labeled both tweets with a statement that said, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

An Antrim County, Michigan judge ordered the release of an audit report conducted on the Dominion Voting Systems machines in that county. Twitter labeled both Trump’s tweet about the judge’s order and his tweet that linked to the report itself as disputed claims about election fraud. Twitter also found a story about a video from the same county allegedly showing the Michigan Secretary of State telling volunteers to count “multiple ballots with the very same signature” to be a disputed claim.

Twitter additionally found the remarks of Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen about foreign influence in U.S. elections worthy of a disputed claims label. Twitter even labeled a map depicting the 84 percent of United States counties in the U.S. that Trump won vs. the 16 percent that Biden won.

While the use of a warning label may seem innocuous, labels are a form of censorship. Twitter itself has admitted that it “de-amplified” labeled tweets. 

Twitter announced in an Oct. 9 blog: “Tweets with labels are already de-amplified through our own recommendation systems and these new prompts will give individuals more context on labeled Tweets so they can make more informed decisions on whether or not they want to amplify them to their followers.” The company also stated that users who choose to retweet labeled tweets would receive a prompt “pointing them to credible information.” 

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

Categories: Media Bias