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MIT Tech Review shared analysis that Twitter’s censorship of the NY Post’s ‘Smoking Gun’ article “doubled the interest” in the piece.

From MIT Technology Review:

According to Zignal Labs, a media intelligence firm, shares of the Post article “nearly doubled” after Twitter started suppressing it. The poorly-thought-through ban triggered the so-called Streisand Effect and helped turn a sketchy article into a must-share blockbuster. And then on Friday, the Republican National Committee filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Twitter, claiming that the ban “amounts to an illegal corporate in-kind political contribution to the Biden campaign.” 

According to the largest study done on the top which appeared in Science in 2018, when social media attempts to censor any news, that news spreads wider and faster.

Twitter knows this and other studies which reach similar conclusions, so when they cracked down this hard on the Hunter Biden scandal, it could suggest that the social media platform may want this information distributed.  

Screenshots from Google Trends also show a spiking interest in Hunter Biden.

The behavior of humans seeking out information we are explicitly told not to is simply psychological and is known as reactance, a type of mechanism where our brain wants to ensure that we’re free to do whatever it is that we want to do with our own lives.


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