Twitter stops blocking New York Post story about Hunter Biden

Twitter Changes Hacked Content Rules Over New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Hunter Biden had allegedly sent emails about Biden's connection with a Ukrainian gas company.

Twitter is changing its Hacked Materials Policy, walking back a set of rules at the heart of its enforcement action this week against a controversial article that included potentially damaging allegations against United States presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"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.

The company will label tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared.

At one point, the hashtag TwitterCensorship was trending on the service.

On Friday night, CBS News reporter Bo Erickson asked Joe Biden for his response to the New York Post report on his son Hunter. In April, Facebook began alerting users as to whether they'd shared, replied to, or otherwise interacted with posts that were later deemed to be "misinformation", specifically content concerning the novel coronavirus that had been "debunked" by the World Health Organization. "There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician".

Meanwhile, anyone who looks at The Post's Twitter feed can't even see the tweets about the Biden stories, which have been replaced by messages saying, "This Tweet is no longer available".

A timeline in which Trump surrogates - Rudy Giuliani as well as Bannon - held onto the material, only releasing it as Trump continued to flag in polls, only adds weight to the view that it's part of a disinformation campaign, rather than an actual security concern. The shop owner had reportedly copied the hard drive and handed it over to federal authorities.

The Post, meanwhile, continues to release a trove of exchanges between Hunter Biden, his father, and others, which the newspaper says were extracted from a "computer [that] was dropped off at a fix shop in Biden's home state of DE in April 2019, according to the store's owner". "Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad", the newspaper's headline read. The news reports were about Joe Biden's son alleged business deals and questionable information. However, it is not clear when the meeting was scheduled or whether it ever happened.

The company's policy chief Vijaya Gadde said Thursday night that Twitter had decided to make changes to its hacked materials policy following feedback, but a spokesman told Reuters that the New York Post story would still be blocked for "violating the rules on private personal information".

Accusations of big tech bias erupt as Facebook and Twitter block Hunter Biden story. Facebook announced that third-party fact-checkers were working on checking the veracity of the story, and limited its distribution in the news feed. "We tried to find the right balance between people's privacy and the right of free expression, but we can do better".

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