has begun blocking certain conservative accounts from being featured in
the platform’s “Twitter Moments” section. Accounts affected include
Candace Owens, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv, and the official account
of Vice President Mike Pence.
recent video from Sarah Eaglesfield, a British political activist and
commentator, appears to show that Twitter will not allow certain
accounts — primarily conservatives and free speech proponents — to be
added to a new Twitter Moment. The video from Eaglesfield tests a
number of accounts including Candace Owens, Kyle Kashuv, and Scottish
YouTuber Markus Meechan, known better as Count Dankula.
Moments is a feature on the platform that allows users to create lists
of tweets on a related topic to share with other users. According to
Twitter, “Moments are curated stories showcasing the very best of what’s
happening on Twitter. Our Moments guide is customized to show you
current topics that are popular or relevant, so you can discover what is
unfolding on Twitter in an instant.”
video demonstrates that when certain twitter accounts are searched for
to be included in a new Twitter Moment, instead of displaying a list of
tweets to select from — the normal functionality — the
platform instead displays an error message which reads, “Hmm, Tweets
aren’t loading right now, try again.” The message persists despite
multiple attempts to find tweets.
News performed the same test on multiple computers including different
browsers and operating systems, confirming that the accounts shown in
Eaglesfield’s video do not show up in Twitter Moments. They all
display the same error message despite multiple attempts. Other randomly
selected accounts function normally, with none of Breitbart News’ tests
resulting in the same error message. Further tests also show that the
problem is not limited to the accounts Eaglesfield uncovered.
same error message is received when searching for tweets by Breitbart
News reporter Josh Caplan:
the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, is facing similar
issues with adding tweets from his account to a Twitter Moment:
issue does appear to be only occurring when attempting to add tweets to
Twitter Moments on a desktop computer. On the mobile app, the
same error message does not occur on these accounts.
News reached out to Twitter for comment on this issue but has yet to
receive a reply at the time of the writing of this article.
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