On March 30th, RedState’s Bonchie covered Twitter’s banning of the pro-life film Unplanned. Nevertheless, as pointed out Monday by RS writer Brad Slager, the movie — which opened this past weekend — doubled its projected revenue.
Well, Twitter’s responded to the hoopla with an explanation of Saturday’s ban. Brad predicted they’d claim it was a mistake, and he was right.
A spokeswoman for the social media platform provided a statement to The Daily Caller:
“When an account violates the Twitter Rules, the system looks for linked accounts to mitigate things like ban evasion. In this case, the account was mistakenly caught in our automated systems for ban evasion.”
As explained by TDC:
The spokeswoman said the system is designed to suspend all so-called sock-puppet accounts connected to a profile that violated company policies.
After the account was reinstated, it took a while before users could follow it. The rep maintained that’s just the way the site works:
“An account’s followers take time to fully replenish after it is reinstated. We are not hiding follower counts or disallowing certain people from following.”
Additionally, she insisted shadow banning ain’t nothin’ but a dadgum myth:
“We enforce our rules dispassionately and do not engage in so-called shadow banning.”
She might wanna ease up on the defense — on March 5th, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the site had unfairly banned conservatives. See my article here.
Brad Slager asked an interesting question:
“[I]sn’t it funny how these ‘mistakes’ always go in one direction?”
Meanwhile, other users aren’t having any problems:
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