Twitter, Facebook users encounter problems posting about WikiLeaks' release of DNC emails

By LOUIS FLORES

The publication by the open government advocacy platform, WikiLeaks, of approximately 20,000 e-mails from the Democratic National Committee exploded like wildfire on social media networks on Friday -- until social media network users began to notice what appeared to be an adversarial response by social media networks to the posting of leak-related, social media messages.

On Twitter, social media network users had posted so many messages about the leaked Democratic National Committee documents under the #DNCLeaks hashtag that the hashtag quickly became the top-trending hashtag in some of Twitter's regions. 

Late Friday, a post was published on the Reddit community bulletin board, noting that the popular #DNCLeaks hashtag had disappeared from Twitter's list of trending hashtags. In the resulting outcry, Twitter reportedly reintroduced a lesser-used hashtag, #DNCLeak, to replace the first leak-related hashtag.

Criticism that social media networks, like Twitter, were manipulating unfavourable social media messages about the presidential campaign of former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton somewhat mirrored criticism of the mainstream media, which, in turn, were reportedly acting to likewise suppress any news coverage that was unfavourable to the Clinton presidential campaign, according to some of the leaked Democratic National Commmittee documents published by WikiLeaks.

In one such published email, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (R-FL), emailed Chuck Todd, the host of a Sunday morning talk show on the NBC broadcast network, informing him that criticism of the Clinton campaign "must stop."

Given such interference by Democratic National Committee officials with the mainstream media, some social media network users contemplated similar interference to account for actions taken by social media networks to silence dissent.

Reports of censorship were also noted on Facebook, Google

Some Facebook social media users reported being unable to share social media posts that included link backs to the WikiLeaks Web site.

WikiLeaks offered its followers the option of using the free Web site mirroring service, Archive.is, which copies a Web page under a new URL address, as a generator of alternate but still valid URL addresses to circumvent any blocks by social media networks of link backs to WikiLeaks' Web site.

The work by WikiLeaks to publish documents to fight political and campaign corruption have also triggered backlash from the large Internet corporation, Google.

According to WikiLeaks, Google, which manages the world's largest Internet search engine, has identified WikiLeaks' Web site as "dangerous," perhaps explaining, in part, why social media networks are making it difficult for their users to post WikiLeaks-related content and link backs.