Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado questioned former Twitter executives during a Wednesday congressional hearing, asking if her personal Twitter account was “shadow-banned” in 2021.
“Did either of you shadow-ban my account, @laurenboebert?” Boebert asked Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter’s office of Trust and Safety and Vijaya Gadde, the former chief legal officer at Twitter, during a Wednesday hearing on Twitter’s censorship practices.
“Shadow-banning” refers to a series of practices in which Twitter reduced the visibility and reach on certain accounts.
After Roth and Gadde denied shadow-banning the congresswoman, Boebert responded.
“Let me refresh your memory, because on March 12, 2021, Mr. Roth, I know you looked at it because fascist Twitter 1.0 had a public interest exceptions policy which means for members of Congress to be shadow banned, it had to go before you, Mr. Roth, so I’ll ask again: Did you shadow-ban my account? Yes or no?”
Roth again denied shadow-banning Boebert, prompting a rebuttal from the congresswoman, who said that Twitter staff informed her she had been shadow-banned for a tweet for 90 days.
“Who the hell do you think you are?” Boebert asked the former Twitter executives.
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