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#TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice

September 23rd, 2011 | Filed under Activism, Feature, Hot List, Media . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked #OccupyWallStreet from being featured as a top trending topic on their homepage. On both occasions, #OccupyWallStreet tweets were coming in more frequently than other top trending topics that they were featuring on their homepage.

This is blatant political censorship on the part of a company that has recently received a $400 million investment from JP Morgan Chase.

We demand a statement from Twitter on this act of politically motivated censorship.

Will they block #OccupyWallStreet from trending again tomorrow when actions throughout the country will once again flare up?

We shall see. Will have more on this topic soon…

DO SOMETHING: @OccupyWallStNYC | #OccupyWallStreet | #OpESR
Have Fun and Get Something Done on Wall Steet This Weekend (MAP)
YOUR STREET: @OccupyChicago | @OccupyCleveland | @OccupyDallas
@OccupyFDSF | @OccupySTL | @OccupyHouston | VIDEO: Livestream

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  1. [...] #TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice | AmpedStatus. Eco World Content From Across The Internet. Featured on EcoPressed European Debt Crisis [...]

  2. [...] #TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice AmpedStatus [...]

  3. [...] #TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice AmpedStatus [...]

  4. [...] to the independent news website AmpedStatus Report, twitter on at least two occasions blocked the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag from showing up on its [...]

  5. Bill Cole said:

    You really need to show evidence beyond flat assertions to be taken seriously in that accusation.  There’s a basic problem with #OccupyWallStreet: there was promotion of both #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyWallSt. That alone could be enough to cripple any attempt to get either one into the trends list, but once people started the ridiculous series of “#THIS is being censored, switch to #THAT” messages there was little hope of anything related to the protests staying in any trends lists for long. #TakeWallStreet flickered in and out of the US trends list 9/17, implying that there wasn’t any *competent* attempt at “censorship.” Also: using the word “censorship” to describe manipulation of the “trends” lists is semantic dishonesty. Don’t forget that Twitter and any other online service that is given away for free is not given away to customers. If you get a service for free then you aren’t a customer, you are a product being harvested for sale to customers. 

    It is important to understand that what Twitter has said about their “trends” algorithm makes it very clear that pure volume of tweets is not enough, that they have some anti-spamming tricks in the algorithm, and that they include factors like rate of volume growth and diversity of sources and content. The reason the stupid “fill in the blank” hashtags are “trends” is that they are trend bait: tempting games for random children of all ages in diverse social networks that are the only tags on many unique messages. Gaming the Twitter trends system is something of a challenge because the specific details of the system have never been specified, and a look at the tweetstream of what actually makes it “organically” to the trends doesn’t support the conclusion that  #OccupyWallSt[reet]  ever had trends-type traffic. Instead, #OccupyWallSt[reet] looks more like the tag of an email spammer or 3rd-rate SEO clown: lot of retweets, streams of the same tweet done over and over with just a mention of a media account different in each, the same handful of people retweeting the same things from a tight closed graph, and low-content tweets filled up to the limit from the same cloud of tags. 

    Evidence of actual “censorship” would be available to Twitter’s paying customers who have more robust access to the tweetstream and history than they give away for free to their cattle^W users. Given how cheap Google has made it for people to be small-scale advertisers with powerful analytics, I would expect (without having checked) that Twitter also is not charging much for access to their data and tools. It might be possible to know whether there was manipulation of trends for less than the nightly Liberty Plaza pizza budget. Whether anyone cares that much about determining the truth is as yet undetermined, but it seems not, so far.

  6. [...] were using Twitter to promote participation and visibility. And so Twitter intervened. From AmpedStatus: On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked [...]

  7. [...] were using Twitter to promote participation and visibility. And so Twitter intervened. From AmpedStatus: On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked [...]

  8. [...] Occupy Wall Street, with either hundreds or thousands of participants, has been downgraded as a trend on Twitter. NYT offers an incredibly condescending report/analysis, “The group’s lack of cohesion and [...]

  9. [...] Yves at Naked Capitalism, Amped Status reports that Twitter is now following the example of the corporate media in ignoring or blocking information [...]

  10. [...] good point in the comments of his post. the comment was in response to some links I provided about Twitter and Yahoo trying to suppress #occupywallstreet related information/momentum (along with a jab at [...]

  11. [...] If you have a look around at the world currently its not a happy place – in fact you could almost compare our current situation (in the context of a civilization) with the fall of ancient Rome. Greed, government corruption/stupidity, the top 1% controlling 99% of the worlds resources, the people rising up to do what the governments don’t want to do such as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. Social media controlled by Wall Street and blocking movements such as Occupy Wall Street. [...]

  12. [...] #TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked #OccupyWallStreet from being featured as a top trending topic on their homepage. This is blatant political censorship on the part of a company that has recently received a $400 million investment from JP Morgan Chase. [...]

  13. [...] were using Twitter to promote participation and visibility. And so Twitter intervened. From AmpedStatus: On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked [...]

  14. [...] AdBusters, and the supposedly unintentional or accidental censorship of emails and Tweets with the Occupy Wall Street phrase or hashtag.  It does seem ridiculous that with the Occupy movement spreading to Washington [...]

  15. [...] time it has been asked. Gilad Litan at SocialFlow (and erstwhile Microsoft researcher), spurred by questions raised by participants and supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protests, asks the [...]

  16. [...] time it has been asked. Gilad Litan at SocialFlow (and erstwhile Microsoft researcher), spurred by questions raised by participants and supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protests, asks the [...]

  17. [...] on middle-class revolutionary movements, there are at least some parallels in how people respond to censorship and crackdowns in Industrialised [...]

  18. [...] #OccupyWallStreet from being featured as a top trending topic on their homepage. … – #TwitterCensorship Blocks #OccupyWallStreet from Top Trending Topic Twice On at least two occasions, Saturday September 17th and again on Thursday night, Twitter blocked [...]

  19. [...] out by publishing and linking to the report on their sites. The lesson here for sites like Google, Twitter and Facebook who attempt to censor activism: Your censorship make us [...]

  20. [...] DO SOMETHING: @OccupyWallStNYC | #OccupyWallStreet | #OpESRHave Fun and Get Something Done on Wall Steet This Weekend (MAP)YOUR STREET: @OccupyChicago | @OccupyCleveland | @OccupyDallas @OccupyFDSF | @OccupySTL | @OccupyHouston | VIDEO: Livestream via ampedstatus.org [...]

  21. [...] Twitter accused of censoring #OccupyWallStreet from trending worldwide. OCT [...]

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