Twitter Hackers Reveal “Shadowbanning” Manual Job and “Blacklisting” of Trends is Real

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Some very notable Twitter accounts got hacked yesterday including those of former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, businessmen Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, and entertainer Kanye West.

The hackers used the accounts to request money be sent to a virtual wallet that collects the cryptocurrency bitcoin. In just minutes, tens of thousands of dollars were swindled.

The job forced Twitter to shut down the accounts of most high-profile users in what became known as a ban on the “bluechecks,” referring to the blue check Twitter puts beside accounts of celebrities and other well known individuals.

Following the attack user Haseeb Awan posted the following message, claiming the hack was facilitated by a Twitter insider:

In Awan’s tweets are screenshots of the backend-Twitter panel of a user. What they reveal are that manually editing trends is something available to Twitter admins (notice the “Trends Blacklist” button), and that “shadowbanning” is very real (notice the “Search Blacklist” button).

These are both things Twitter has previously swore the platform does not do.

The hack reveals that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may have lied in testimony before Congress on both issues.

Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joey Swafford

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