Twitter changes hacked content rules after Biden story furor

A Twitter spokesman said the NY Post story would still be blocked on the platform because the documents contain people’s personal information such as email addresses

They're hoping to share it more broadly and skirt Twitter's block on links to the Post's version.

"All the other Twitter Rules will still apply to the posting of or linking to hacked materials, such as our rules against posting private information, synthetic and manipulated media, and non-consensual nudity", wrote Gadde. But just tweeting a link to hacked materials isn't an automatic takedown anymore.

The New York Post published an exclusive story titled "Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian business to VP dad", reporting that "Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company".

The company said the link to the New York Post story will still be blocked under a policy prohibiting sharing personal information.

Given questions over the quality of the Post's fact-checking and journalistic standards in this case, Twitter's decision to restrict sharing of the article actually appears to have helped reduce the spread of disinformation - even as it attracted flak to the company for censoring "journalism".

Trump, who trails Biden in polls 19 days before the presidential election, blasted the two social media giants on Wednesday.

"After reflecting on this feedback, we have chose to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it", Gadde said on her account. "Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that". "We are no longer limited to Tweet removal as an enforcement action".


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that it was "unacceptable" the company hadn't provided more context around its action.

"We believe that labeling Tweets and empowering people to assess content for themselves better serves the public interest and public conversation". A little over 24 hours later, Gadde announced the company was making changes after receiving "significant feedback (from critical to supportive)" about how it enforced the policy. "We are trying to act responsibly & quickly to prevent harms, but we're still learning along the way".

Twitter has issued a mea culpa after using its "hacked materials" policy to bury a controversial story alleging shady backroom dealings by the Biden family, with the platform vowing to alter its rules and how it enforces them.

"I don't know if these New York Post stories are true or not", the Texas Republican said Thursday. The Hacked Material Policy is being updated to reflect these new enforcement capabilities.

Cruz said Twitter and Facebook had no right to censor political speech.

The new policy also raises the question of how Twitter will determine whether or not a person is working "in concert" with hackers?

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