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Does Twitter Have An Alleged ‘Blacklist’ For Shadow Banning?

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It appears that Twitter does allegedly have the capability to shadow ban selected users through a blacklist button on the backend of the companies website. It allegedly was discovered through the recent hacking incident that left some of Twitter’s biggest account holders exposed, as well as some of the companies operations.

On Wednesday, Twitter executives acknowledged that high profile accounts were compromised and that malicious links were being posted on the accounts. Those links urged followers to send $1,000 in Bitcoin to a specific address. Some of the high profile accounts included former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Apple and Uber accounts.

“We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly,” read a tweet posted on the company’s official account. 

However, according to recent breaking news posted by Mike Coudrey, the alleged leaked pictures from the Twitter administrator control that was accessed by the hackers to take over the accounts actually shows “the buttons ‘Trends Blacklist’ and ‘Search Blacklist’ indicating Twitter DOES have the ability to shadowban it’s users.”

Coudrey also posted a picture from Motherboard, Tech By Vice site stating that Twitter is removing images of an internal tool sources say enables accounts to be taken over.

It certainly appears that Twitter has this capability but SaraACarter.com has not been able to independently verify the accuracy of the claims.

Twitter officials could not be reached immediately for comment.

https://twitter.com/MichaelCoudrey/status/1283572997534572544

However, a Twitter spokesperson told Vice News, “We do disclose in this FAQ that accounts that violate the rules are prevented from trending. This isn’t new and it’s not something that has been hidden, but it’s in the help center.”

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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