Twitter Suppressed Massive Stash of Tweets Unflattering To Clinton During 2016 Presidential Election

In the final two months of the 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter hid tens of thousands of tweets critical of Hillary Clinton and John Podesta posted using two popular hashtags.

Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett admitted to congress in written testimony on Tuesday that its automated systems flagged and hid 48 percent of tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of the tweets posted in under #PodestaEmails.

At the time, pro-transparency organization WikiLeaks released the DNC and Podesta emails, which exposed collusion between journalists in the mainstream media and key individuals within Clinton’s presidential campaign. The leaks, which were severely damaging to Clinton, revealed how Democratic party officials secretly aided her in the primaries against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The U.S. intelligence community believes that Russian operatives hacked both Clinton’s email servers and the DNC as part of an operation intended to disrupt the vote.

“Approximately one quarter (25%) of [#PodestaEmails tweets] received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches,” Edgett said, adding that the systems “detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.”

The platform, which boasted in 2012 of being “the free speech wing of the free speech party” admitted that only two percent of the tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag even came from “potentially Russian-linked accounts,” according to Edgett.

He explained that the reason Twitter decided to hide the tweet was “part of our general efforts at the time to fight automation and spam on our platform across all areas.”

Source: Daily Caller



  1. Thomas Faddis

    November 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Still trying to wrap my head around: Exposing a damning Truth = ‘disrupting’ the vote???!!!

  2. Mommy Says

    November 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    So, their definition of “spam” means “the things people want to tweet about.”

    • Ted Seay

      November 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

      …that they disagree with.

  3. LibertarianX

    November 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve never understood why people would pay attention to facebook, twitter or any other social media. These things are too easy to manipulate by users or owners to base any kind of opinion on.

    • Pierre Savoie

      November 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      That’s right! We want real social media…not real Sorosian media!

    • jbo5112

      November 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Hit them with a large class action lawsuit for violating their terms of service.

  4. Pierre Savoie

    November 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    They whined about Russians illegally meddling with the U.S. election — by discovering the Democrats were illegally meddling with the U.S. election…oops! Will this remark be shadowbanned? lol!

  5. rocky

    November 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I am pretty sure I am an American, of German and Cherokee heritage, and talked shit about the dnc all of 2016, no Russian blood at all…..but what ever MAGA! #stillwinning

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