Scott Adams, who pens the popular comic strip Dilbert, and who has been an outspoken Donald Trump booster this election, says he’s been targeted by an army of trolls for his conservative leanings, on social media and across the web.
In an essay for his blog, Adams says he was “shadowbanned” by Twitter as part of an organized effort to silence him online — an effort that started when Adams asked Trump supporters to Tweet him accounts of being bullied by Democrats.
— Zachary O'Gafford (@Zach_Gafford) October 3, 2016
Is shadowbanning a real thing? I'm skeptical. https://t.co/F6dXjcUhsW
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) October 3, 2016
According to his account, the social media company — which has had issues with its Trust and Safety Council shutting down “unpopular viewpoints” before — didn’t remove him from their social media platform in an official way, but prevented his followers from seeing his Tweets and replies.
Adams also claims that Clinton supporters — or, at least, Clinton-supporting Twitter bots — have been filling his mentions with nasty, often similar, replies.
The accusation seems outlandish until you consider that prominent Bernie Sanders supporters also fell victim to Clinton-bots and paid trolls. Clinton SuperPAC, Correct the Record, run by Media Matters chief David Brock, later admitted to spending more than a million dollars “pushing back” against 5,000 Clinton detractors on Twitter.
Trolls also left one-star reviews for Adams on Amazon.
Somehow, it seems unlikely that Clinton trolls will impact Adams’s sales, given that his comic strip, Dilbert, remains one of the most popular cartoons, but it seems they’ll at least try.
You can still catch the greatest hits of Adams’s replies (the ones about Clinton supporters bullying Trump supporters) on his now-un-shadowbanned Twitter feed.