Twitter Still Blocking NYPost Account, Unblocks One Hunter Biden Story

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2020

In a reversal of its earlier stance, Twitter finally made a decision to allow users to share an article criticising Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son.

Twitter wasn't here for it and began blocking links to the fake news shared by right-wing accounts claiming that it violated its policies when it comes to sharing "hacked materials".

'Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?' Erickson asked. To the contrary, emails showed Hunter Biden actually introduced a senior advisor named Vadym Pozharskyi to his Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, to his vice president father.

The FBI is reportedly investigating whether the Hunter emails are part of a foreign influence operation, even though Giuliani says foreign sources didn't provide the Hunter Biden emails.

Hunter's emails were provided by Rudy Giuliani to the New York Post after a computer fix store owner said he'd found them on a hard drive.

By Thursday, Twitter backpedaled and announced that it would allow similar content to be shared with a label clarifying the source of the information.

Makes an attempt to share the Publish's Hunter Biden/China article on Twitter at the moment return this message: "We will't full this request as a result of this hyperlink has been recognized by Twitter or our companions as being probably unsafe". The news reports were about Joe Biden's son alleged business deals and questionable information. (The U.S. intelligence community concluded that the emails were likely hacked by Russian Federation and provided to Wikileaks). Subsequently, on Friday, the company's head of legal, policy, trust and safety Vijaya Gadde said in a Twitter thread that the company will no longer remove hacked materials unless it is shared directly by hackers or by those working with them.

"Policies are a guide for action, but the platforms are not standing behind their policies", Joan Donavan, research director at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, told the New York Times.

When asked by Protocol to elaborate, Andy Stone sent a link to Facebook's viral misinformation policy, which states that "if we have signals that a piece of content is false, we temporarily reduce its distribution pending review by a third-party fact-checker".

After some confusion, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that communication around the decision was "unacceptable".

Facebook subsidiary Instagram rolled out a feature similar to Twitter's "wrongthink warning" past year, which alerts users when they are about to post something "potentially offensive".

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