[Ed. – I’m not sure why. Is Twitter a regulated public utility? If not, Twitter can shadow-ban if it wants to. The rest of us don’t have to participate. Congress can hold hearings about such things, and maybe should, but I don’t see a regulatory hook for engaging the executive agencies here.]
[U]ntil yesterday, Twitter appeared to be effectively shadow banning prominent Republican leaders, like RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, from searchable results. Vice News had more:
Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results — a technique known as “shadow banning” — in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform.
The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. …
President Trump … vowed to look into this practice:
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018