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.
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.”