Gina Carano’s social media posts have been the center of many controversies, and it eventually led to her high-profile firing from the Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.
Apart from her now infamous meme comparing the Jews during the Holocaust to the U.S. political climate, Carano was also previously criticized for transphobic tweets, along with spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories about QAnon, the 2020 election, and COVID-19.
After being let go by Disney, Carano only ramped up on these type of social media posts, and looks to be enjoying being the face of this “rebellion” against “cancel culture.” Although this approach seems to have led to her Twitter account to be flagged for “sensitive content.”
As of this writing, Carano’s account isn’t visible through Twitter’s search menu, but you can still visit the profile by typing her account name and going to the page directly. This warning also appears once you visit her profile:
Does this mean Carano has indeed been “Shadow Banned,” as some people claim? Well, her Twitter page is certainly being limited, but this is the social network’s official policy on that:
People are asking us if we shadow ban. We do not. But let’s start with, “what is shadow banning?”
The best definition we found is this: deliberately making someone’s content undiscoverable to everyone except the person who posted it, unbeknownst to the original poster.
We do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.
We do rank tweets and search results. We do this because Twitter is most useful when it’s immediately relevant. These ranking models take many signals into consideration to best organize tweets for timely relevance. We must also address bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or detract from healthy conversation.
As a specific example, if a search result has 30,000 tweets, here’s what we take into consideration when ranking:
Tweets from people you’re interested in should be ranked highly
Tweets that are popular are likely to be interesting and should be higher ranked
Tweets from bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation should be ranked lower
It’s unclear which specific tweet caused Carano’s account to be flagged, but her most recent posts alone are littered with several memes designed to spread conspiracies and/or criticize COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine passports, masks, lockdowns, President Biden, and Dr. Fauci.
Twitter’s official explanation could mean that the misinformation being spread on Carano’s page had her categorized among those “bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate or divide the conversation.” This would explain the warning message on her profile, and why “you may have to do more work” to find it.