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Twitter kept 'secret blacklist to stop accounts and topics trending': Second tranche of internal files reveal conservatives were marked 'do not amplify' and COVID lockdown skeptics 'shadow banned' in a move staff called 'visibility filtering'Twitter kept a 'secret blacklist' of topics and accounts to prevent them from trending, according to data obtained by journalist Bari Weiss (inset). Conservative commentators such as Dan Bongino (top right) and Charlie Kirk (bottom right) were deliberately put on a 'search blacklist' - in the case of Bongino - or tabbed 'do not amplify', in the case of Kirk. Those who questioned the prevailing COVID orthodoxy of lockdowns and mask mandates, such as Stanford's Dr Jay Bhattacharya, who argued that lockdowns harmed children, were also placed on a 'search blacklist'. Weiss made the revelations on Thursday in the second tranche of what has been termed The Twitter Files. Elon Musk (left), who bought Twitter in October for $44 billion, was gleeful about the revelations regarding the company he now owns - retweeting Weiss' thread, with a popcorn emoji. Weiss said a senior Twitter employee described 'visibility filtering' 'as being a way for us to suppress what people see to different levels. It's a very powerful tool.'