Censorship is an act that continues to backfire on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, between the pair, Twitter is slightly more notorious for censoring, shadowbanning, and otherwise blocking the viewpoints of conservatives.
The rise of Parler, a free speech social media site that somewhat mirrors Twitter’s platform, is a direct result of conservatives tiring of censorship. Over the weekend, Parler actually skyrocketed to the top of the app store as tens of thousands of people set up accounts.
Nevertheless, it appears as though Twitter failed to get the message. Just earlier this week, the platform censored the South Dakota Republican Party’s website after the body vocalized support of President Trump’s fight for a fair, fraud-free election, per Breitbart News.
Twitter vs. the South Dakota Republican Party
The South Dakota GOP is far from the only group to back the president. Amid numerous reports of voting irregularities, software errors that conveniently only benefit Joe Biden, red flags are aplenty; nonetheless, Twitter apparently took issue with the Republican group backing the 45th president.
I thought @Twitter was done with us but now they won’t let users tweet our website www dot SouthDakotaGop dot com. Try tweeting the website and see what it says. #BigTechCensorship https://t.co/xn36XuFCvP
— South Dakota GOP (@sdgop) November 11, 2020
For days, Twitter blocked “sdgop.com” and even the full website spelling “South Dakota GOP dot com.” Individuals who attempted to post either one of the aforementioned experienced errors in their tweets publishing to the website.
Naturally, the South Dakota Republican Party took issue with this and called it out on Twitter. Despite the censorship, the statewide GOP group remains committed to pointing out instances of voter fraud and irregularities while continuing to back the Trump campaign’s legal fight.
Words from the South Dakota Governor
Twitter’s decision to censor the South Dakota Republican Party did not go unmissed by South Dakota GOP Governor Kristi Noem.
Governor Noem spoke out about the censorship during a NewmaxTV interview. The Republican stated that upon learning of the South Dakota GOP’s website block on Twitter, conservative “drew some attention to it,” hence prompting Twitter to lift the block.
Always happy to fight back against Big Tech censorship! Keep up the good work @sdgop. And get an account on @parler_app! https://t.co/XAeLVwp8FZ
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) November 11, 2020
However, despite the technical lifting of the block, Noem confirmed that there are still certain issues. The South Dakota governor also explained that more oversight and a potential break up of big tech are necessary; Noem then urged for Congress to act accordingly and stop social media sites from manipulating the intake of and access to information via filters.
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