Twitter kept secret blacklists of conservatives, according to new information published as part of “The Twitter Files,” confirming longstanding conservative complaints. The detail and organization of Twitter’s blacklist system went far beyond what anyone had imagined, with individualized blacklist profiles for a wide array of public voices, specifying whether the figure was on the “Trends Blacklist,” “Search Blacklist,” or on the “Do Not Amplify” list, among others.
New owner Elon Musk has gradually publicized the social media giant’s misdeeds as he has uncovered them, granting credible but canceled reporters exclusive access to publish the findings on Twitter. The latest discoveries were published by liberal reporter Bari Weiss, founder and editor of The Free Press, and a former New York Times editor who was pushed out after the paper renounced its publication of an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). (She had complained, “Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor.” Yet two years later, while the now-freelance Weiss was getting a huge exclusive scoop on the social media site her coworkers had used to cancel her, they were picketing their own employer.)Twitter Files: Site kept secret blacklists of disfavored people | Voice