Journalist Matt Taibbi, who is playing a lead role in exposing Twitter’s prior censorship regime | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ben Zeisloft.

    Journalist Matt Taibbi, who is playing a lead role in exposing Twitter's prior censorship regime, told Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro Friday that the platform's top content cops did indeed actively discuss suppressing him.

    Multiple installments of the "Twitter Files," a set of internal documents Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently provided to Taibbi and others handpicked by new owner Elon Musk have shown that the platform had several ways of silencing conservatives. From shadow banning, where users' visibility to others is obscured, all the way up to outright suspensions, a small cabal of Twitter managers meddled with accounts, sometimes making up the rules as they went along. Shapiro, who suspects he was shadow banned, came close to having the whole Twitter toolbox thrown at him by what Taibbi called the platform's "Supreme Court of moderation."

    "They actually decided in that case not to slam you," Taibbi said during Friday's episode of "The Ben Shapiro Show," one of Taibbi's first interviews since taking on the Twitter Files project. "But for sure you were being discussed."

    Shapiro, who said that his account has gained roughly one million new followers in the month since Musk acquired the platform, said that he adopted various rhetorical tactics in order to avoid censorship.


    "I was always extremely careful on Twitter as to what I thought their standards were, and so I tended to use sarcasm instead of just straight out saying what I meant," Shapiro said. "So instead of getting banned for saying that 'a man is a man and a woman is a woman,' I would say that a man who said that he was a woman was in fact 'the most womanly woman that has ever womaned.' That was my sort of end-around."

    Twitter executives insisted for several years that no censorship or shadow banning of conservatives had ever occurred on the platform. Shapiro noticed the lack of journalistic interest from mainstream outlets despite news of cooperation between corporate America and government agencies such as the FBI to suppress entire subsets of the national discourse.

    "I think a lot of it is more just hive-mind narrative policing," Taibbi, a former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, said when asked about the phenomenon. "This story doesn't fit neatly into a category that they would like. I know old-school journalists would have been very interested in this story because we're getting a look at stuff you never get to see."

    Taibbi noted that such publications' failure to cover the Twitter Files is "really more of a burn on them than they realize," as mainstream America finds the story fascinating. Many outlets had spent years uncritically parroting the claim that Twitter had not been censoring content, often mocking conservatives who nevertheless insisted that their pages were artificially subdued.

    Shapiro observed the irony of journalists who "work for corporate outlets that are owned by extraordinarily rich people," such as The Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, and The New York Times, which is controlled by the Sulzberger family, criticizing Taibbi and other independent reporters for purportedly "doing the bidding of the world's richest man." Taibbi remarked that legitimate journalists engage with evidence in accordance with the facts, no matter who the findings may benefit or detriment.

    "I actually laughed out loud when I saw somebody from Bloomberg giving me a hard time and using that line," Taibbi replied. "If you work for Mike Bloomberg permanently and you're going to give me a hard time about doing one story in conjunction with Elon Musk, that's just laughable. But as journalists, we don't care where the material comes from. As long as it's true, we can verify its authenticity and we can verify that it's newsworthy."

    Taibbi said that Musk has so far been "genuinely interested in transparency" and harbors a "genuine distaste for certain kinds of internet censorship." The billionaire entrepreneur told the public that he acquired the social media company for $44 billion to foster a space for respectful disagreement in the public square.

Where do you stand on the wanton censorship by Big Tech Platforms, while retaining their Section 230 carveout indemnifying them for Slander /Defamation lawsuits and Copyright infringements?
  Big Tech Platforms have the right to Censor all speech providing they voluntarily relinquish their Section 230 Carveout.
  Big Tech Platforms DO NOT have the right to Censor any speech, while retaining multiple indemnifications by virtue of the Section 230 Carveout.
  I know nothing of this 230 talk, but "I do love me some social media".
437 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

Since only about 20% of the News Media has any shred of Journalistic Integrity remaining: How does our Constitutional Republic continue without a "Free Press"?
  Demand real information, using real sources, backed up by facts.
  Promote real journalist entities only, and admonish those that prostitute their profession.
  We Democratic Socialists are doing just fine, thank-you, by promoting lies while having very little real knowledge about so much.
216 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

Great Expectations Republic Killing "Journalism", Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Native Front, Op-Ed & Politics In This Hyper Political Climate: Who Can You Trust?


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

After years of taxing California citizens to capacity and still not having enough in the state budget, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a brand new tax on people who live in Florida.
A former top FBI agent who was involved in the Trump-Russia probe was arrested over the weekend for alleged activities with a Russian oligarch.
The 2023 Oscar nominations have been released with the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leading its competitors. The 2023 Oscars will be held Sunday, March 12, with Jimmy Kimmel as the host.
Move aside, purple horseshoes! General Mills announced today an exciting new addition to their Lucky Charms marshmallow lineup: Ukraine Flag charms, available for a limited time only.
does not reduce inflation, but does reduce your family budget
Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL) shared an update on his health on Monday after a fall from a ladder outside his Sarasota, Florida, home resulted in a trip to the Intensive Care Unit.
Greenville is urging the N.C. Supreme Court to consider a case challenging its red-light camera program. The city shut the program down last November.
A Florida Democratic lawmaker in favor of teaching a controversial AP African American Studies in high schools blasted the state on Monday, arguing that students shouldn’t be shielded from BLM or “black queerness.”
The Beaufort County Commissioners meet each month for one general meeting to do most of the People's business here in Beaufort County, and we present that meeting in full review here on ENC NOW.


Back to Top