UPDATE: Since I posted this a little while ago Twitter has returned my status to only having the QFD ban....sigh
UPDATE: The photo up above on the left was taken the day I 1st reported on this last week. As you can see on the bottom the QFD filter was/is turned on for me. That is how it has looked everyday up until today. Today I noticed they have censored me even more by shadowbanning me in the search results and also a thread ban on top of the QFD filter still turned on.
What happened? I quote tweeted a @MarkDice tweet who was in conversation with Jack Dorsey the CEO of twitter. ....below is what I said along with Mark's tweet.....
"This is key....we are being shadowbanned through no fault of our own...if @JACK wanted to improve Twitter ASAP he would just remove the QFD which is not really about quality
❌yvonne burton added,
Mark Dice @MarkDice
Replying to @MarkDice @jack
I've been blocked by accounts I've never even tweeted to, simply because I'm on some block list. Don't you see how this can unfairly affect an account, falsely labeling it a 'bad actor' because it's on some list someone made up even though it hadn't interacted with the blockers?"
I was hoping all of the hoopla about the "quality filter" would ease up on conservatives for a little while. Guess not. Yesterday we learned Jack was allowing 2 biased academics who think Trump is a Nazi contribute to improving the conversation on Twitter. Go figure....
I guess that should have been my 1st sign that Twitter doesn't want to fix this problem and they are pretty in your face about it. All I wanted Jack to do was remove the QFD filter from my account because it's turned on through no fault of my own.
I don't know where all of this is headed but the truth will out....eventually. You can only quash our voices for so long...something's gotta give...and I was hoping Twitter would improve not buckle down on the unfairness of their censorship.
Please share this with your friends and follow me on Twitter though if you want to see my tweets you will have to go directly to my account even if you follow me. Twitter has decided that you need to be protected from my thoughts....don't let Jack Dorsey's bullying win...follow me @_yvonneburton.
UPDATE: From The Daily Caller "Twitter, in May, began phasing in a change to its algorithm to suppress Twitter users who the company said stop short of violating Twitter’s terms of service, but are still considered harmful to “healthy conversation.” The new algorithm, Twitter said, would discriminate against those “bad-faith actors” by hiding their visibility in conversations and searches."
Technically Twitter is not censoring conservatives but many wonder if the system they created in which the number of people who have blocked you can be abused by "bad faith actors" who send out mass block lists to their users that can turn on the QFD filter whether or not you deserve it was an intentional act by Twitter? This system gives them plausible deniability. It's sad because people who don't violate the rules of Twitter are being shadowbanned by the left who doesn't want to debate in the arena of ideas because they can't win there. They only win when they shut down debate.
Twitter's stock is down is down 19% right now the day after Facebook lost over 120 billion yesterday. I'm not saying their censorship is responsible for this but it certainly isn't helping. I don't know how they fix this but as long as accounts can get shadowbanned even when they don't deserve it, it's a platform that is benefiting the left more than the right and that's happening right before the midterm elections. Coinicidence? I don't think so......
On July 18th I posted this Twitter's Quality Filter Is Shadow Banning Small Accounts To Reduce Outreach of the Big Ones? UPDATE: I was right....Now that Twitter is coming under fire for the obvious shadow banning of conservatives in their search results people are becoming more aware of this so called Quality Filter.
Twitter testifying in Congress this past week on the censorship of conservatives at the same time this issue was coming to light is in my opinion more evidence of divine intervention that we have been experiencing for the last 2 years.
I still stand by my hypothesis that this Quality Filter focuses on smaller but somewhat influential accounts and leaves the big fish accounts alone. I agreed that big fish accounts like Mike Cernvoich and Donald Trump accounts were being shadow banned when you search for them but the QFD filter was never put on them in the 1st place.
When I wrote my 1st post on this I looked up the following and none had the QFD filter on their accounts....
POTUS 23.6 Million :No QFD
Paul Joseph Watson 880k Followers: No QFD
MikeCernovich 419K Followers: No QFD
Jack Posobiec 345k Followers: No QFD
Ali 55 K Followers: No QFD
People like Laura Loomer, who in my book is one of the bigger fish accounts, did have and still does have a QFD filter on her account but she was the only big fish account I could find that had the filter on.
Today it looks like Twitter is no longer censoring conservatives in the search results but don't confuse this with the QFD filter which was never on the bigger names like Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec. The QFD filter is still on me and other accounts I posted on the 18th....
Yvonne Burton 7 K Followers: QFD Shadow Banned
Dr. Jane Ruby 16 K Followers: QFD Shadow Banned
Cari Kelemen 27 K Followers: QFD Shadow Banned
Scooter Downey 1 K Followers: QFD Shadow Banned
So, people will definitely be able to find people easier now that the search results shadowban is lifted but the QFD filter is still in use and being used on people that follow the bigger accounts and as long as that is in use, it will necessarily reduce the outreach of those accounts and in turn reduce the engagement numbers of the big accounts.
Things that will turn on the QFD...
- If you have been blocked by a large number of people
- If you follow people that are blocked by a large number of people
- If a large number of people complain about you and report you...even if not successful
As you can see, the quality filter is not really about quality, and the left is using it as a tactic to get people shadow banned.
Random trivia....here is a list of names that are not shadow banned....go ahead check for yourself...
Michael Ian Black
How does Twitter keep the big follower accounts from having the QFD filter turned on them? Simple. There are fewer of them than there are of us. They can just simply pull up their account and remove the filter if it gets automatically turned on. By going after all of their followers though, they have effectively reduced the outreach of us all.
The QFD filter is for the people who follow Infowars and Mike Cernovich and any other massively influential twitter accounts on the conservative side, not for the big followers accounts themselves. Until they get rid of this "quality" filter, mass censoring will remain in place and engagement levels will be drastically reduced.
And if you just happen to be someone who thinks child rape is funny? Well you are protected too.
Twitter has some explaining to do.