The rumor on Twitter is that if you are blocked by @williamlegate you are likely “shadowbanned”, meaning that your reach to other users is severely limited.
Following the reveal that Twitter shadow bans certain users by the Project Veritas investigative journalism team, Breitbart Tech would like to explain exactly what shadow banning is.
Breitbart Tech has previously explained the concept of shadow banning, a method by which Twitter silences users that they don’t want to appear in their follower’s timelines. This is a technique used regularly to silence conservative voices without outright banning them which could cause a larger PR problem for Twitter. This is the definition of shadow banning from our previous Breitbart Tech article:
Shadow banning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.
For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.
Twitter and other platforms such have Reddit have twisted shadow banning from a tool to fight spammers into a tool to prevent tweets and content from spreading naturally. Followers do not see tweets from the shadow banned individual in their timeline, and therefore do not engage with the tweets by responding, liking, or retweeting them. The shadow banned user is essentially tweeting to themselves, unless a follower directly visits their account.
If you have a Twitter account, I suggest you look up “Deep State” Legate below at @williamlegate and see if he blocked you. As you can see, I am blocked despite having no interactions with him.
Conservative users who have confirmed that they are blocked by@williamlegate are not taking this lightly…