Video: Social media giant Twitter knuckles under to China to ban users

politics | Jan 17, 2018 | By Martin Barillas

A Project Veritas investigation has revealed that Twitter -- the social media platform that President Trump uses on an almost daily basis -- acts at the whim of China and other foreign countries by silencing and banning users upon request. Previous undercover videos by Project Veritas have revealed plans by progressive operatives allied to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to disrupt pro-Trump rallies and sell to advertisers the “virtual profiles” it creates of all of its users.

An undercover Project Veritas journalist is heard on video speaking to Conrado Miranda, a former engineer for Twitter. In the December 14, 2017 meeting, Miranda is asked whether foreign governments pressure Twitter to ban selected people in their respective countries. At first, Miranda told the Project Veritas reporter that he “cannot disclose that information.”

The undercover journalist is heard asking: “So does the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call Twitter and be, like, you need to ban anyone that’s on Twitter that’s from China? Do they do that?” Miranda responded, “I cannot disclose that information.”

PV Journalist: “What? Why?”

Miranda: “I cannot disclose that information.”

PV Journalist: “That’s crazy. So, that means yes?”

Miranda: (Smiling) “I did not say that.”

When another Project Veritas journalist met with Miranda on January 1, 2018, Miranda admitted that Twitter does in fact ban people at request of foreign governments. He also revealed some of the pressures that China, in particular, puts on Twitter if they do not comply:

PV Journalist: “But like normally does Twitter, like, say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, hey, in our country we need these people banned so that they’re not seen.”

Miranda: “Yeah.”

PV Journalist: “That happens?”

Miranda: “Yeah. We do that a lot for China.”

PV Journalist: “Really?”

Miranda: “We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, “good guys” and from Chinese government.

PV Journalist: “Wow.”

Miranda: “Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we don’t take down, because we’re, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say… And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then…the good guys from China start attacking us. It’s a mess.”

While Twitter may be officially blocked in China, according to TechCrunch, it is estimated that “it’s service has around 10 million active users in China.” 

“This video begs the question – is Twitter even an American company? Do they really hold American ideals? Or is the idea of “free speech” just a marketing tool for them to harvest your data?” said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. “Jack Dorsey himself must respond, and take steps to increase Twitter’s transparency.” Dorsey is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and CEO of Square -- a mobile payments platform.

Progressive Twitter

Twitter came under scrutiny by supporters of Donald Trump after the company suspended Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos in 2016. While Twitter has claimed to be politically unbiased and open to all voices, co-founder Dorsey is open about his own political biases. Twitter has bent its rules about openness for groups whose view align with millionaire Dorsey's. For example, Dorsey has been a close friend of Black Lives Activist DeRay Mckesson. Dorsey contributed to McKesson's unsuccessful mayoral campaign in Baltimore. The long-time friends also pair shared the stage at Recode’s annual tech conference in 2016 and conducted a question and answer session on Twitter.

In 2015, Twitter and Square collaborated to allow users to sign up for Square and make donations to political campaigns via Twitter. 

While the group was active during the presidential campaign, Black Lives Matter supporters violated numerous Twitter terms of service rules with impunity. These ranged from celebrating the deaths of serving police officers and calling for more police to die, to open support of criminals who killed police officers in Baton Rouge. These tweets by Black Lives Matter and others were allowed across Twitter. Users did not receive any apparent punishment

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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