Well, lets start by removing that “perhaps”, since the hashtag meddling is a thing that has been going on for years now. They recently started to remove the certified tag from previously certified users in order to make them become invisible, as certified users can hide the content from non-certified ones. And I’m talking about really popular people. While at the same time, accounts of random people who just happen to receive a lot of likes because they follow a narrative that Twitter likes, receive the certified status. The same thing happens on FB, YT and in Google searches. Just yesterday I thought I was having an aneurysm when I opened Youtube; the homepage was showing me a video from one of my subscriptions, yet when I opened the subs page that video wasn’t there. It happens all the time to content creators who for some reason are considered “problematic”.
“Well, you can switch to Minds or other social media platforms”, true, but media platforms, be it a social media or news outlet, shouldn’t be allowed to exist in a grey area where they can select the kind of news and information that are available to the public. We don’t live in China or North Korea, and I don’t care about the:“We do it to protect you from fake news!!1” argument, that’s idiotic. The press and social media should be free from the state, but at the same time they have the responsibility of providing people with all the information, not just some.
I think it was a Google employee who in an interview proudly said:“We’re not censoring people, we’re just making sure that some things don’t show up in search results!”. That’s not throttling data to reduce the bandwidth, and if you were able to use the internet in 2015 and live a decent life, I doubt you’ll notice a huge difference in the coming future.