The concept of reparations to black Americans for the harms of slavery and racism is a hot issue in the United States, one that has become a major topic of discussion in recent years. Unfortunately, the issue has been further complicated by claims that Twitter is actively engaging in shadow banning and censorship of black civil rights reparationists who are fighting for reparations.
How the Conspiracy Theory that Twitter is Shadow Banning and Censoring Black Civil Rights Reparationists Fighting for Reparations Began
The rumor began when a reparationist civil rights lawyer, who goes by the handle Aye Yo Jo33 (Aye_Yo_Jo33) on Twitter, noticed that she was unable to send tweets and follow people. When she tried tweeting, she got an error message saying “Tweet not sent. We’re sorry, we weren’t able to send your tweet.” When she attempted to follow someone, the message changed to “Limit Reached. You are unable to follow more people at this time”. These are errors that most people have never even heard of on twitter.
Her tweet sparked a flurry of activity, with several other black reparationists replying with their own complaints of the same problem. While the issue seemed to be limited to a small number of reparationists, many felt that they were being targeted directly by Twitter.
They argue that twitter has been making it increasingly difficult for reparationists to get their message out and to make their voices heard. Essentially the conspiracy theory is that Twitter has implemented algorithms to limit the visibility of accounts that post about reparations.
Some critics have gone so far as to accuse Twitter of actively engaging in the censorship of black civil rights reparationists. They argue that Twitter is using their influence to prevent those fighting for reparations from making their voices heard, effectively silencing their movement. Take a look at the evidence fueling this conspiracy theory.
While there is no concrete evidence that Twitter is actively engaging in censorship and shadow banning of black civil rights reparationists, the fear among reparationists that they are being targeted remains. It’s possible that those error messages could be related to other reasons, but at the moment it definitely also seems like something deeper could be going on.
The situation is ironic, because Elon Musk claimed his new version on twitter wouldn’t allow things like this to happen. What is the real truth here?