According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.
Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.
The new filter is based on an optional “quality filter” previously made available to verified users. That filter also screens out tweets automatically deemed to be abusive, but is far stricter about what makes it through the net than the new one. Unlike the quality filter, however, the new feature is automatically on for all users and cannot be turned off.
“This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a Tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive,” says Shreyas Doshi, the company’s head of product management.
@Patriarchalist Testing....perhaps not all of your comments are reaching me? Twitter censorship?— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 15, 2016
@AnthonyLarme I received *your* comment.— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 16, 2016
@Patriarchalist I hope Twitter isn't as censorious as I suspect it might be becoming.— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 15, 2016
@AnthonyLarme What do you suspect?— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 16, 2016
@Patriarchalist What is wrong with my Twitter notifications - eg: why not show your replies to me in that specific page? Twitter censors?— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 16, 2016
@AnthonyLarme Sometimes I miss some notifications.— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 16, 2016
@AnthonyLarme Are you still not getting notifications when I respond?— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 16, 2016
@Patriarchalist Not from you.....no. Notifications from other people though. I can still see your tweets in my normal Twitter stream.— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 16, 2016
@AnthonyLarme Can you find me in advanced search?— Claire Khaw (@ntfem) May 17, 2016
@Patriarchalist No, not in advanced search.— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 17, 2016
@Patriarchalist Problem is that I must scroll through 100s of tweets to see what you wrote to me rather than just look at Notifications.— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 16, 2016
@Patriarchalist I still get all your tweets and replies in my timeline - just not in Notifications.— Anthony Larme (@AnthonyLarme) May 17, 2016
Excuse me, newest Twitter board of directors member @IamDebraLee, please respond to these allegations of censorship https://t.co/QegVQ0tl7m— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 17, 2016