#DNCLeaks: Twitter, Facebook Buried Hashtags From Trending Lists, Claim #DNCLeak Email Supporters

Paula Mooney

The Twitter hashtag #DNCleaks has been a big source of controversy, ever since the below tweet from the official WikiLeaks Twitter account was published on Saturday, July 23. That tweet proclaimed the release of nearly 20,000 emails to and from members of the Democratic National Committee, but the tweet didn't contain the #DNCleaks nor the #DNCleak hashtags that have alternately appeared on Twitter's trending lists and have sporadically disappeared -- much to the chagrin of those sharing articles about the #DNCleaks.

Instead, the tweet contained the hashtags and , as it linked to the bevy of emails that plenty of publications are pouring over in order to extract information about the DNC emails and republish them on social media under the #DNCleaks or #DNCleak hashtag. As seen below, the popular tweet has been liked and re-tweeted nearly 5,000 times each on Twitter alone.

Typing #DNCleaks into Twitter's search engine results in a plethora of news reports about the leaked emails and findings that the Democratic National Committee displayed a bias against Bernie Sanders, as reported by Newser.

Some of the fallout already occurring from the #DNCleaks includes the fact that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was bounced from speaking at the Democratic National Convention, according to Politico.

While folks visiting Twitter right now would have to type #DNCleaks or #DNCleak into the search engine of the social networking site to see the tweets pouring in about the #DNCleak -- they won't see #DNCleaks or #DNCleak on Twitter's trending account. Nevertheless, a steady stream of new tweets -- about 150 for #DNCleaks and 50 for #DNCleak -- appear within minutes on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Sanders has responded to the #DNCleaks, as reported by CNN, by calling the leak outrageous.

"[The #DNCleak is] outrageous, but it is not a great shock."

"I don't think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don't think her leadership style is doing that. I think she should resign, period. And I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction."
"From now on they shall be known as: CNN-DNC, ABC-DNC, CBS-DNC, NBC-DNC, MSNBC-DNC "

"Man, can you imagine if becomes a big enough deal that a 3rd candidate actually emerges as credible? All my dreams…"

"Man, can you imagine if becomes a big enough deal that a 3rd candidate actually emerges as credible? All my dreams…"

"Wait, so is blocking the hashtag? There's no way it's not trending as much as I'm seeing it, but I had to search for it..."