Twitter is censoring prominent Republicans and conservatives in the media with a technique known as “shadow banning” that limits how many people are able to see content from the affected accounts, according to a report from a liberal publication.
“The Republican Party’s chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican Congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter,” VICE News reported on Wednesday. “It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility.”
The report from VICE News specifically noted that “Democrats are not being ‘shadow banned’ in the same way,” as Republican’s Democratic counterparts are not receiving the same restrictions.
“The notion that social media companies would suppress certain political points of view should concern every American,” McDaniel said in a statement to VICE News. “Twitter owes the public answers to what’s really going on.”
Andrew Surabian, former White House official and adviser to Donald Trump Jr., echoed McDaniel ‘s sentiment in a statement to The Daily Wire.
“For years now, conservatives have been claiming censorship against Twitter and for years now, conservatives have been called conspiracy theorists for saying so,” Surabian said. “But after what was reported in VICE today, Twitter owes every conservative affected an honest explanation.”
VICE News noted that Twitter, led by CEO Jack Dorsey, did not respond to a request for comment about their report on how the social media platform is censoring conservatives.
McDaniel, Surabian, and Republican Reps. Mark Meadows (NC), Jim Jordan (OH), and Matt Gaetz (FL) were just a few of the names that were affected by Twitter’s shadow-ban, according to VICE.
Brigitte Gabriel, ACT for America Founder:
Alana Mastrangelo, Turning Point USA:
Arthur Schwartz, lawyer and Republican heavy hitter:
Jordan Schachtel, Conservative Review and CRTV:
Kambree Kawahine Koa, conservative campaign organizer:
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller reporter:
Ian Miles Cheong, conservative writer:
Ryan Saavedra (author of this report), The Daily Wire:
Ian Mason, Breitbart News reporter:
Nick Short, Security Studies Group and Michelle Malkin Investigates:
Conservative Hollywood director and producer Robby Starbuck also noted that Twitter does not have any kind of restrictions on some of the most inflammatory far-left accounts, including Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin, Michael Avenatti, Peter Fonda, Louise Mensch, Louis Farrakhan, Linda Sarsour, Claude Taylor, Scott Dworkin, Brian Krassenstein, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Arnold, John Brennan, Mikel Jollett, and more.