Are Twitter preventing WikiLeaks from trending? That’s the rumour doing the rounds on the “internetz” right now, as conspiracy theorists are claiming that Twitter are the latest company to pull support for the whistle blowing webiste. Despite a huge buzz around the ongoing WikiLeaks revelations, the site remains suspiciously absent from the top topics list.
Twitter’s response? WikiLeaks just ins’t proving all that popular.
“Given the widespread confusion about #wikileaks, we’d like to offer a longer explanation of how we measure trends on Twitter, and why some popular topics may not make the list,” reads the Twitter blog.
“This week, people are wondering about WikiLeaks, with some asking if Twitter has blocked #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related topics from appearing in the list of top trends. The answer: Absolutely not. In fact, some of these terms, including #wikileaks and #cablegate, have previously trended either worldwide or in specific locations.”
Twitter seem keen to distance themselves from the censorship claims, particularly when the likes of Mastercard and Visa have come under attack from hackers since stone-walling Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks team.
Despite Assange’s recent arrest, the WikiLeaks debacle continues, with cables still being released even though the editor-in-cheif has been reprimanded for alleged sex crimes.