Shadow Banning: GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Mocked For Crying Censorship Over His Own Account Settings

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drew ridicule after claiming that he was unable to see a tweet because of censorship of conservative voices on social media – when the tweet was, in fact, withheld because of his own account settings.

McCarthy took a screenshot of a tweet by Fox News host Laura Ingraham Saturday, which was covered by a warning of "potentially sensitive content."

The representative threatened to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Congress to explain "what is going on."

"Another day, another example of conservatives being censored on social media," he tweeted. "[Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey] easy fix: explain to Congress what is going on. #StopTheBias" wrote McCarthy.

The message came after President Donald Trump earlier accused social media companies of censoring conservatives.

But Twitter users were quick to point out that McCarthy was unable to see the message not because of a plot by liberal Twitter bosses, but because he had set his own account to filter out content deemed sensitive.

It’s your own twitter settings, Congressman. #clueless https://t.co/4yw2xNLpdH

— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 18, 2018

Rather than adjust his Twitter settings, Kevin McCarthy chooses to perpetuate an outrageous conspiracy theory. Shows he sadly doesn't know how to use the platform. That's insane.🤦‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/sEwo1pkYLs

— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 19, 2018

Among the critics was House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who tweeted "Rather than adjust his Twitter settings, Kevin McCarthy chooses to perpetuate an outrageous conspiracy theory. Shows he sadly doesn't know how to use the platform. That's insane."

Kevin McCarthy is mistaken. His account settings are causing this. It's not Twitter censoring Laura Ingraham. https://t.co/MHtCkTnanN

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 19, 2018

Twitter has denied claims the company "shadow bans" – or reduces the visibility of messages by some conservatives – but admitted that due to a glitch which it has now fixed some prominent names did not show up in auto-suggest when searched for.

Dorsey on Sunday admitted that most employees were left leaning, but denied that this affected decisions regarding content on the platform.

"We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is ... is more left-leaning," Dorsey said. "But the real question behind the question is, are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? And we are not. Period," he added.