Published: Mon, October 19, 2020

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Biden has come under fire from progressives for criticizing Big Tech while hiring or accepting advice from some of its defenders.

President Trump on Sunday said the damning information contained on Hunter Biden's laptop about his business dealings in Ukraine - as The Post revealed last week - is the "REAL DEAL" and can not be denied.

The Associated Press reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating "whether the emails are part of a foreign influence operation" allegedly involving Trump ally Rudy Giuliani, who says he received the photos and messages after the fix shop owner reached out to his attorney.

Republicans who had decried Twitter's earlier actions posted the story freely on the site.

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have also said that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey would be subpoenaed to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill. "This to me crystallises the problem better than anything I could think of".

Dorsey said Friday that Twitter's "straight blocking of URLs was wrong".


"Our goal is to try to add context, and now we have the capacity to do it", he tweeted here.

On Wednesday, Twitter said the story violated its "hacked materials" policy, and containing private information or trade secrets, or puts people at risk of physical harm. It went viral after Facebook and Twitter attempted to block the link and limit its reach.

"We need to address the worries that there could be numerous unintended results to writers, informants and others in manners that are in opposition to Twitter's motivation of serving the public discussion", she said. He tweeted that the platform was restricting the spread of the New York Post's story until the platform's fact-checkers could stamp their own judgment on the material. The story has not been confirmed by other publications.

In a series of tweets, policy chief Vijaya Gadde said that the company will no longer remove hacked content "unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them". But it didn't alert users about why they couldn't share the link until hours later.

Twitter at first reacted by forbidding clients from sharing connects to the article in tweets and direct messages since it abused the organization's strategy denying hacked content.

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