If you had any doubts where Big Tech giants stood, which side of the battle they chose, it’s undoubtedly the same as China, which in this case happens to right beside Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday, Putin announced his decision to order a “special military operation” in Eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian enclaves in that area. The Russian President claimed to be on a mission to “de-nazify” Ukraine using military force, a move many observers feel is a phony justification for full-scale war.
[source: The Daily Caller]
On the same day, Twitter began censoring and blacklisting several Ukrainian accounts from their platform that were reporting on Russian troop movements and military operations.
At this point you can probably guess why…
Twitter is especially beholden to China even though they forbid citizens from using the social media platform. Silicon Valley relies on the Communist regime to provide them with microchips and other technological machinery using cheap labor in Chinese factories. Twitter would never do anything to ruffle China’s feathers, even if it means silencing Russia’s opposition.
Russia and China are currently in bed as a show of force against the United States and her European allies. While Russia invades Ukraine, Chinese President Xi has both eyes laser-focused on Taiwan.
“We’ve been proactively monitoring for emerging narratives that are violative of our policies, and, in this instance, we took enforcement action on a number of accounts in error,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“We’re expeditiously reviewing these actions and have already proactively reinstated access to a number of affected accounts.”
Many of the suspended accounts were using satellite imagery to track Russian military operations near Russia’s border with Ukraine, according NBC News, which first reported the accounts’ suspensions.
Several of the accounts’ owners said they believe they had been the victim of a coordinated mass-reporting campaign by Russian intelligence to trigger Twitter’s automatic content moderation technology, according to the Financial Times.
However, Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth pushed back on the assertion, claiming the site does not employ automated content moderation for mass reporting and attributing the deletion of the accounts to human error.
We’re closely investigating — but mass reporting is not a factor here.
A small number of human errors as part of our work to proactively address manipulated media resulted in these incorrect enforcements. We’re fixing the issue and reaching out directly to the affected folks. https://t.co/sxh9IFgug2
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) February 23, 2022
Several of the accounts were suspended at exactly the same time, according to the Financial Times.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed Roth’s characterization of the events, telling the DCNF that “the claims that the errors were a coordinated bot campaign or the result of mass reporting is inaccurate.”
It remains unclear what led the accounts to be suspended initially.
But we can all take a very educated guess as to why…
Author: Nolan Sheridan