Gab Surge as Twitter Ban Conservative Christian Accounts
Mass ban occurred of mostly anonymous right wing Twitter accounts, with many of them being connected to the America First sphere of Twitter.
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This latest high profile Twitter ban comes only days after the platform orchestrated a late night purge of right wing Twitter accounts that it still has not explained. Some, however, have pointed out that the latest wave of mass censorship occurred swiftly after the company’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, assumed power.
A mass ban occurred of mostly anonymous right wing Twitter accounts, with many of them being connected to the America First sphere of Twitter, including American Populist Union’s Vince Dao, and the news outlet Media Right News.
Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari, author of #DELETED, one of the most prominent books studying the phenomenon of Big Tech censorship, suggested that the ban wave happened due to “some kind of new banning algorithm” being deployed by Twitter, “probably using network analysis to suppress an entire cluster at once.”
Breitbart News’ Allum Bokhari also claimed Twitter is banning a number of right wing anon accounts. He shared his information to Twitter writing, “New Twitter leadership appears to be purging right wing anon accounts.”
He added, “No pretext could ban all of these accounts at the same time. Some kind of new banning algorithm has been deployed, probably using network analysis to suppress an entire cluster at once.” He then shared screenshots of four accounts, who all had over 9,000 followers, that had been suspended by Twitter.
In a subsequent tweet, he stated, “Sources reporting that accounts they’ve never even tweeted from have been banned. Suggests this purge is based on who you follow, not what you’ve tweeted.” He then reiterated, “Censorship via network analysis. Wrote about this at length in DELETED — it’s how they suppress whole movements at once.” What we also know is that, some of the account banned also belong to Christian conservatives.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba speculated that Twitter was targeting individuals via their IP and Device IDs. He wrote on Gab, “Here’s the thing. If you were purged from Twitter tonight they have your IP and Device IDs stored, so even if you go back they will quickly ban you again.”
Torba did come to the same conclusion as Bokhari that they were targeting an entire network node. He explained, “This was about taking out an entire network node of people at once. They have that network node mapped and saved to prevent it from building back up. ” Torba then encouraged those who were banned from Twitter to stay and remain on Gab rather than rejoin Twitter.
He wrote, “Instead of going back and getting banned again, stay here and build. We can’t afford what happened today to happen again during an election season. You’re not influencing the inner city liberals on Twitter, but with Gab you can build real community and get access to information you would never ever find on Twitter.”
This act by twitter as also led to a surge in signup on Gab platform