Several left-wing candidates for U.S. Congress and Senate whined to The Intercept that Twitter’s new policy of refusing verification to primary candidates is hurting their campaigns.
“The social media platform won’t make exceptions for a number of credible primary candidates, including ones who have large online followings and grassroots support, massive fundraising hauls, extensive news coverage, and in [Cori] Bush’s case, a leading role in a Netflix documentary,” left-wing hack Aida Chavez wrote. “Instead, Twitter’s government relations team has been telling candidates seeking verification that they won’t be giving any new contenders a blue check mark until after they win the state’s primary. Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.”
Twitter suspended its verification process last November after the far-left continuously complained that “neo-Nazis” were being verified by the platform. The same leftists have also argued – and continue to argue – in favor of censorship of conservatives who harbor ordinary conservative beliefs. They put Twitter in the awkward position of subjectively deciding who should be able to speak, and how that speech should be weighted – either with or without a verification badge. Now, leftist candidates are reaping what their party sowed.
“It’s not going to make or break our race — we’re running to win — but the reality is having verification really levels the playing field,” Boylan said. In practice, she argued, the verification policy ends up “artificially supporting and propping up incumbents,” candidate Lindsey Boylan, who is challenging Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reportedly said.
The Intercept was keen to whine on behalf of Cori Bush, running for a second time in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, who it believes should be verified on Twitter after starring in the Netflix documentary “Knock Down The House,” which also featured now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
It also quoted Joshua Collins, a mid-twenties socialist running for Congress in Colorado, who said Twitter’s non-verification rule is “unethical and amounts to nothing less than election interference.”
“I have had to report and get about 15 different accounts banned for impersonating me, and I’m afraid there is some change voters will see something said by a fake account and think it’s me,” he reportedly said.
Likewise, a spokesman for Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, running for Senate in Texas, complained about the process.
“Twitter’s policy creates an uneven playing field for candidates,” Zack Malitz reportedly said. “If you’ve run for or held office before, you’re likely verified. If you’re a first-time candidate and not a politician, you don’t get verified. Twitter is putting its thumb on the scales in a way that favors insiders and hurts insurgents like Cristina.”
The piece quoted Ocasio-Cortez, who said she was verified when she had only about 3,000 followers during her primary run, who echoed a similar sentiment.
Despite the fact that Twitter’s new non-verification process is a monster of the left’s own making, and despite the fact that it ignored right-wing political candidates facing the same issue, Chavez and The Intercept managed to stumble across a decent point.
The entrenched political establishment often intentionally creates hurdles to keep unknown quantities out of their club. Twitter’s refusal to verify primary candidates can be viewed as an extension of that establishment scale-tipping. Primary candidates are a healthy democratic force. They help to hold elected officials accountable.
It’s a shame that the left hastily demanded censorship, only to have it bite them in the rump come election time.
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