Twitter Refuses to Comment: #HillaryForPrison Censorship Continues as #HillaryForPrision To Trend
The hashtag #HillaryForPrision has been trending all day and Twitter has refused to comment on why they are censoring the correctly spelled hashtag
User’s across numerous social networks have notice something odd lately. Trends that are negative to Hillary Clinton are being censored from trending on various social networks.
Reddit users have noticed despite being the hottest topic since news broke last week that Hillary Clinton is under a renewed investigation into emails from her private email server not a single story was making it to the front page of the website.
Then a “glitch” 3 days ago suddenly resulted the entire website being filled with stories from the Donald Trump sub-reddit but their vote scores were all zero. Site admins said it was a technical glitch but not all redittors are convinced.
Similar incidents have are occurring on Twitter and many other social media networks.
As Zero Hedge reported yesterday, numerous social media outlets were failing to trend even though it was clear the networks were getting more traffic for the phrase than anything that was trending.
hey are not known as ‘weapons of mass distraction’ for nothing…
In the 24 hours since FBI Director Comey dropped perhaps the biggest bombshell of the entire Presidential campaign, sending Democrats (and media) scrambling headless-chicken-like for answers (and blame-scaping), does anyone else find it odd that ‘FBI Emails’ does not appear to be a hot topic, trending, big deal on any social media?
And as I informed my followers, FBI was blowing up the trending topics on twitter by a huge margin.
Yet at one point Twitter’s Trend censor algorithm was over ran with so many negative Hillary topics Twitter couldn’t censor them all.
Early this morning twitter’s Auto-suggest function suggested the phrase #HillaryForPrision after users would type in #HillaryFor.
Users immediately took note and began tweeting it was yet another blatant attempt at censorship, similar to the well documented removal of auto-suggestions from Google that are critical of Hillary.
So user’s said hell with it and decided to use the typo hashtag instead because if Twitter was suggesting it that meant they weren’t censoring.
It didn’t take much time for it to begin trending and users began spreading the word to other users.
I personally put sent out the following tweet:
The hashtag has been trending ever since.
In fact, since it has been trending media outlets have had to write about it.
HillaryForPrision (notice the extra “i”) is trending. Depending on who you ask, that’s either because the person who made the hashtag can’t spell, or Twitter will censor negative hashtags lobbed at the Democratic nominee if opponents spell prison correctly.
Whatever the reason, the hashtag is the second-largest trending topic on Twitter as of this writing, right behind “Happy Halloween.”
Many users are tweeting about the censorship claim while using the hashtag.
And Newser Notes:
No, that’s not our typo(Newser) – Supporters of Donald Trump managed to get one of their favorite rallying calls, “Hillary for prison,” trending on Twitter on Monday. Or rather, they got “#HillaryForPrision” to trend. Eagle-eyed readers (and elementary school teachers) will notice an extra “i” has snuck in behind the “s” in prison. That’s intentional, CNET reports. Trump supporters claim Twitter is automatically preventing “#HillaryForPrison” from appearing in the trending topics list, so they had to generate a misspelled hashtag in order to slip by the censorship. (Twitter previously told the Huffington Post that it doesn’t censor political discourse, saying that some hashtags simply aren’t as popular as users might think.) A quick scan of the hashtag will reveal plenty of Trump supporters explaining the hashtag, amid a smattering of Clinton supporters mocking the spelling error.
But most notably, CNET reached out to ask Twitter about the censorship accusations:
Supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump apparently create a misspelled hashtag to possibly avoid censorship by the social network.
eriously, #HillaryForPrision is actually trending on Twitter.
Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump are apparently using a glaringly misspelled version of #HillaryForPrison, the popular hashtag used to hurl accusations at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, because they say the social network is censoring them.
The #HillaryForPrision hashtag was trending as high as at No. 2 on Monday with more than 115,000 tweets. “Happy Halloween” was the No. 1 trending hashtag.
Twitter declined to comment but directed us to a section of its FAQ that explains how trends are determined.
Very interesting that Twitter declined to comment. CNET note Hillary declined comment as well and continued:
The surge in anti-Clinton tweets is likely due to FBI Director James Comey revealing last week that the agency is reviewing additional emails to see whether Clinton kept classified information in her private email while serving as secretary of state.
Some Twitter users might think the social network is censoring them because Trump himself made the accusation. He took to Twitter on Sunday to blast tech giants — including Twitter — for what he thinks is the media suppressing the news.
“Wow, Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton,” he wrote. “Very dishonest media!”
The prospect of Twitter users intentionally misspelling a hashtag to get around perceived censorship highlights a deeper mistrust of the media among some Americans that may be heightened by Trump’s frequent complaints. Sunday’s tweet was just the candidate’s latest critique of the media, which he and his campaign surrogates have accused of attempting to sway the election against him.
This isn’t the first time Twitter has been accused of censorship by Trump supporters.
A report by Breitbart, a conservative news outlet, in July cited Twitter users who felt the social network was censoring news related to Wikileaks’ dump of Clinton emails.