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By now it seems like literally everyone is talking or tweeting or making memes about United Airlines, after a video of a passenger being forcibly dragged off a flight went viral earlier this week. And now there's a weird conspiracy theory circulating in the Twittersphere that Twitter is helping the airline cover up the scandal, by deleting people's tweets, the Independent reports.

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The rumor started when a handful of Twitter users claimed that their tweets had mysteriously "disappeared."

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"Very strange- twitter seem to be deleting negative tweets about @united Airlines, including mine..." wrote conservative author Jay Beecher on Monday.

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He then reposted his tweet, claiming the social networking site has joined forces with United to "suppress the justified negativity."

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And then...

He's not the only one to make this claim.

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If true, this would be VERY bizarre, given that United has been trending on Twitter all week, and millions of people are continuing to tweet about the scandal with no problems.

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So if Twitter really IS colluding with United Airlines to "protect the brand" as some people seem to believe, the question is: why have they not taken down any of these hilarious gems?

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Is it because even these alleged Twitter scammers have a soft spot for a great joke?

Sources: Independent