Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do Black Tweets Matter to Twitter?

I'm sure you are all familiar with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, but how about tweets by black Twitter users, do they matter?

I came across this tweet and decided that I would check to see if @mkaufman22's account was censored.  I had no idea what I would soon discover.

I found that @mkaufman22's account was not censored, but I found over 100 related accounts that are:

@roeitb (censored status changes)
@OfficialJoelF (censored status changes)
@kemontegut3 (censored status changes)
@FENDISP1CE (censored status changes)
@SARGEMIGHTY (censored status changes)
@youngniggacinco (censored status changes)
@TaloneMusic (censored status changes)
@LilYGRilla (censored status changes)
@marciaalane1 (censored status changes)

(FYI For instructions on how to do a search visit my blog

The one thing the majority of censored account holders have in common is that they are black.  Why?  How did this happen?  Some of them have posted tweets containing adult content, but trust me, there's a LOT of uncensored adult content on Twitter.  What makes these account holders different in their tweets that Twitter deems it necessary to censor them?

Keep in mind that when Twitter censors your content, your tweets are no longer available to be found using their search engine.  The only way for another person to see your tweets is to actually visit your Twitter account.

Jack Dorsey recently announced that Twitter does not censor their users, but that simply is not the case.  Censorship on Twitter is happening and it shouldn't be based on skin color or political affiliation.

We all deserve an explanation as to why some users are being treated differently than others.

In this example you can see that a search for all the tweets sent by the @TheRevAl result with the most recent tweets posted by the account.  That's how you know an account isn't censored.  However, a search for tweets sent by the @rappersaid and @dopehighness provides no results.  When your account is censored you are basically removed from the conversational history of anything you ever took part in on Twitter.  You content remains on your account, but it isn't searchable.