What does the 'Red X' on Twitter Mean and Why Are Conservatives Using It?

Published July 31st, 2018 - 12:36 GMT
Social media right-wing Republicans users place a large red X surrounding their names to protest Twitter latest policies of shadow banning specific users due to their political views. (Shutterstock)
Social media right-wing Republicans users place a large red X surrounding their names to protest Twitter latest policies of shadow banning specific users due to their political views. (Shutterstock)

By Randa Darwish

Amid circulating rumors on Twitter meddling in politics and being biased against US Republicans, many users are taking part in a “Red X” campaign on Twitter. The X signifies a protest at Twitter's latest policies of shadow banning specific users due to their political views.

This is all believed to be triggered by US President Donald Trump tweet few days ago, in which he accused Twitter of shadow banning Republicans calling it “discriminatory and illegal practice”.

Despite justifications presented by Twitter saying it was a technical issue in the search and it was resolved, the problem of banning people based on their political orientations had plagued social media giants. 

Meanwhile, a report released by New York-based VICE News, demonstrated that Twitter had shadow banned prominent Republicans, which means it limited the visibility of their names from appearing in search results. A few hours later, Twitter adjusted the platform’s search settings which removed shadow bans, as VICE reported.

Protesting the discriminatory policies, mostly right wing and conservative activists, called on supporters or people who have been shadow banned to place a large red X beside their names.

The movement launched a debate on social media, with conservatives and right wing-supporters condemning Twitter’s policies.

On the other hand, liberals took the chance and mocked the campaign with some people describing it helpful to help them recognise liberals from conservatives.

Others went to doubt that people with red X’s have been banned because of expressing opinions, rather than expressing a racist and discriminatory views against others.

The “Red X” campaign is also believed to follow another similar campaigns launched by conservatives and Trump supporters, who are also called “MAGA” [Make America Great Again]. The latest was campaign WalkAway that represented a mass movement of more people leaving the Democratic party in the US.


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