In a bid to clean up the company’s platform from malicious online actors, Twitter has eliminated over 70 million fraudulent accounts from their platform over the past two months. With “shadow banning” in the news, Louise Matsakis, a staff writer at WIRED, stopped by Bold TV to discuss the Twitter “purge” and allegations of political bias against conservative users on the platform. She argued that there’s no conclusive evidence of bias on the platform.
According to Matsakis, the mass elimination of fake Twitter accounts will lead to greater transparency and “will better reflect the actual influence people have on the platform.” Matsakis said that she believes that this account crackdown is the latest in a series of positive steps made by Twitter to clean up the platform and make it a healthier space for the company’s online community.
Some conservative figures, including President Donald J. Trump, have accused the social media site of “shadow banning,” a practice of secretly blocking a user’s posts from being seen by a greater online audience. A recent Vice article suggested a possible bias against conservative accounts on the site’s search engine.
When it comes to charges of political bias against conservative Twitter accounts, Matsakis claimed that these allegations aren’t grounded in facts and that there is no “conclusive proof” that there is an administrative bias “happening on any sort of political basis” on the platform.
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