Congressmen, Republicans, Christians, and conservatives alike are crying foul, calling out Twitter for shadow-banning them and effectively severing communication ties with their followers. President Trump himself has jumped into the fray, tweeting the following: “Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.”

What is shadow-banning exactly? When Twitter uses shadow-banning, it causes a person’s tweets to be hidden from their followers’ Twitter feeds. The tweeter sees his/her own tweet, but followers can not. The tweeter believes his/her posts are going out to followers. Followers believe that the tweeter has gone silent. This deception is not apparent to the tweeter or the follower. Make no mistake, shadow-banning is used to control free speech and silence people in the public forum.