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Twitter Changes ‘Hacked Materials Policy’ After Backlash From Blocking New York Post’s Hunter Biden Stories

Twitter Changes ‘Hacked Materials Policy’ After Backlash From Blocking New York Post’s Hunter Biden Stories

You can finally tweet out the New York Post’s stories on Hunter Biden.

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s global, policy, and trust & safety lead, announced on Thursday the social platform changed its Hacked Materials Policy after severe backlash from blocking stories on Hunter Biden.

People pointed out the hypocrisy like The New York Times publishing information on President Donald Trump’s tax returns. How about the information from Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning?

Now Twitter changed course:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the changes on Friday morning.

The New York Post ran two stories on emails taken from a laptop allegedly owned by Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Facebook and Twitter blocked the stories on their platforms. People called them out and now the FCC is involved.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters on Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to subpoena CEO Jack Dorsey. Cruz and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) are some of the most outspoken members in Congress on this situation.

Facebook claimed it “reduced” the story’s “distribution” since the platform determined it was “eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners.”

Twitter blocked the story because it was “identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.” The platform claimed it did not want to send around “fake news” that people retrieved illegally or by hacking.

Twitter also locked accounts, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. It also locked Dana Loesch’s account and Trump’s campaign account.

Twitter users can finally tweet out the stories.


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Caught with their hands in the cookie jar they did

2smartforlibs | October 16, 2020 at 3:06 pm

Twitter is now and has always been a cesspool.

as if anyone believes that BS about “adding context”…

F Twitter and their “context” labeling. I honestly don’t believe that is any better. Removing material sends a clear message, while this BS “context” labeling attempts to hide their bias behind a vaneer of professionalism. And they are trying to have their cake and eat it, too. With “context” labeling they can continue to curate material while pretending they are not.

Twitter and Facebook have crossed a line that should never have been crossed. Only Joe Biden and a Democrat victory can save them now.

Meh. This is just a bit of rope-a-dope from Dorsey. And despite some big noises, the GOPe is too cowardly and feckless to go after him in a meaningful way.

Of course, the Hunter Biden emails were not hacked.

So, Twitter is pretending the problem was something that has nothing to do with Hunter’s emails. They were not obtained by hacking.

And, Twitter was fine with illegally obtained materials and crazy Russia collusion conspiracy theories.

    henrybowman in reply to LukeHandCool. | October 16, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Sorry, meant to UPvote you, and the system won’t even let me take it back.

    Idonttweet in reply to LukeHandCool. | October 17, 2020 at 12:31 am

    They changed their ‘Hacked Materials Policy’. Well, isn’t that special? As @LukeHandCool points out, the material upon which the Post reported wasn’t hacked and that Twitter policy obviously was not applicable. Whoever at Twitter tried to excuse their actions by citing it engaged in obvious censorship that was politically motivated.

    Hey @Jack, how about you just change the policy to let people post what they want and as long as it isn’t actually illegal (i.e., child porn from someone’s laptop) leave it alone and let people judge for themselves.

Hunter Biden – The Gift that Keeps on Giving.

<3 Hunter.

Dorsey should know yellow doesn’t look good on Red.

So they think they’ve covered their asses adequately. I hope they’re very very wrong.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to irv. | October 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Many tech giants have been promoting their political agenda with censorship, and outright lies. It is time that they are held accountable for their conduct, even more important is regulation and breakup of their monopoly market power.

This should not mean the FCC will back off. Nip this in the bud.

During upcoming testimony under oath…

‘Mr Dorsey, is this committee to interpret from your admission via Twitter on Friday that you yourself considered the actions of your company in censoring content from a main stream newspaper so egregious that you stepped in to halt it’?

‘Mr Dorsey while I’m sure we all applaud that why do continue to use arbitrary labels which are affixed to some content and not others’?

‘Sir exactly who are the members of your company who decide what is and isn’t worthy of a label’?

‘Is this a bipartisan group’?
‘Do they review each case and hold vote’?
‘Are these determinations recorded’?

‘Why do the decisions of this group always seem to cut in favor of one political party’?

‘Is this committee to believe that you will be personally intervening in the future’?

‘If not why not’?

‘Mr Dorsey wouldn’t it be much simpler and less controversial to allow people to post freely, with out threat of censorship or banning’?

‘If Twitter is now going to work to police the content of third parties, content for which Congress has carved out special immunity, why shouldn’t Congress remove the immunity protection you possess? After all, the grant of immunity for third party content was made specifically because companies like yours said they didn’t have the resources to devote to policing that content.’

And so on

Unfortunately it will likely be another dog and pony show. Maybe, just maybe Congress is beginning to get serious but pending a return to r HoR control not likely. Even then too much tech money sloshing around DC to be very hopeful.

So are they now allowing the NY Post stories?

They have always allowed “hacked” material against conservatives without reservation.
The Biden materials were not hacked. They were off the Biden computer. How do we know? Because Hunter Biden’s attorney demanded the return of the computer, after it had been turned over to the FBI.
Regarding the latter, there are conflicting reports that the 1. the FBI destroyed the computer under Wray’s demand. 2.The FBI is conducting a child porn investigation.
It goes without saying here that if Biden was taking 50% of Hunter’s graft, that he has committed a Class A Federal felony and the evidence goes beyond probable cause re this. If Wray destroyed the computer, he has committed a Class B Federal offense. The child porn charges, and images are now being released, can be multiple Federal offenses, but not necessarily. However they are without question very serious State offenses.

This policy change is about “hacked content”, not about e-mails found on a computer brought in for legit servicing. In other words, Twitter doesn’t plan to change anything.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Anyone else see more on this?

Hunter Biden’s former Business Partner Bevan Cooney Has Flipped – Is Working with Reporters Peter Schweizer and Matthew Tyrmand

The Gateway Pundit

What’s the difference between totally blocking links to the Hunter Biden story and shadow banning (which is what “fact checking” does) them? Either way distribution is practically non-existent.

I interpreted what @Jack said to mean he was okay with the actual censorship of the Post’s reporting but the way Twitter tried to excuse it and cover their a$$es was ‘unacceptable’. Did I misinterpret?