On Tuesday morning, conservatives across Twitter began to notice their retweets and likes diminishing and even zeroing out on many of their recently posted tweets.
Twitter addressed the issue in a tweet around 4:00pm early yesterday afternoon:
Some people around the world are experiencing an issue with notifications, Likes, and Retweets. We’re working on resolving this and will follow up soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 12, 2019
PragerU quickly responded asking the obvious question ‘Have there been prominent figures on the left that experienced this also?’
Have there been prominent figures on the left that experienced this also? Or was both @larryelder and @AnnCoulter just a coincidence? Given Twitter’s track record, it’s impossible not to suspect the censorship of conservative voices. https://t.co/N9kyK8yFqm
— PragerU (@prageru) February 12, 2019
An0maly was one of the first to notice it on Tuesday morning.
Something really weird is happening. I’m losing hundreds of retweets and likes on my tweets. Is this a Twitter glitch or is this the creepiest new form of tech manipulation?
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) February 12, 2019
Red Pill Pundit saw about 30 likes and retweets zeroed out on this tweet screenshot after the disappearance.
Hey Twitter! This Tweet had THOUSANDS of “likes” an hour ago – suddenly it’s down to 99. Twitter management is removing “likes” from conservatives now? pic.twitter.com/5W5mYp368Q
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 12, 2019
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH @Twitter?!. For my last several posts, posted a few hours ago, the number of retweets and likes suddenly declined, dropping hundreds of retweets and likes.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM?
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) February 12, 2019
Anyone else seeing strange Twitter problems again? No doubt they’ll ramp up shenanigans as election gets closer. Shadowbans and limiting reach of retweets to seem hardest to track. cc: @EricRWeinstein https://t.co/ZtCI1Mf0M6
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 12, 2019
Twitter must testing their new censorship algorithm.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 12, 2019
Brandon Straka of WalkAway Campaign chimed in later on Tuesday afternoon.
I think it’s fair to say that Twitter’s “Operation See if Conservatives Notice When We Cripple Their Likes and Retweets on Tuesday & If All Goes Well Use This Tactic Every Day Between Now & 2020 to Kill Their Engagement & Impact to Sway the Election” mission did not go well today
— Brandon Straka (@usminority) February 12, 2019
It is interesting to note that Daily Wire published an article titled Twitter CEO: ‘I Don’t Believe That We Can Afford To Take A Neutral Stance Anymore’ just two days ago.
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