The Troy Davis case stands as one of the top news stories of 2011. However, the  name Troy Davis  was nonexistent as a trending topic on Twitter on the day before his scheduled execution.

The website singleblackmale.org reported  a quote by rapper Big Boi which said,  #TroyDavis was the #2 trending topic in ATL 5 minutes ago, now his name has been removed completely!!!”

In fact, the #TroyDavis and #TooMuchDoubt hashtags were not top trending topics in any city in the world. It would seem impossible for #TroyDavis to not be a top trending topic considering that several prominent celebrities and top news organizations and blogs have posted Troy Davis-related links on their Twitter accounts that were retweeted hundreds of times.

Although reps for Twitter have yet to release a statement or Tweet involving the issue, it’s likely that the company decided to censor the #TroyDavis hashstag.

To prevent public disruption in the past,  the website censored trending topics involving the Egyptian uprising and WikiLeaks.

But while the #TroyDavis hashtag is currently absent from trending topics, those who are concerned about Ray J, Fabolous, or #sidechickbirthdaygifts are welcome to tweet away. –amir shaw

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.