How Twitter botched its own policies by banning NY Post story - Business Insider

Twitter botched its own moderation policies by banning a New York Post story and added fuel to the right's baseless belief that Big Tech is waging a war against conservatives

10/18/2020 3:19:00 PM

Twitter botched its own moderation policies by banning a New York Post story and added fuel to the right's baseless belief that Big Tech is waging a war against conservatives

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whether the emails were part of a foreign intelligence operation.) Though the story was riddled with holes, Republicans swiftly latched onto it as affirmation of conspiracy theories they've long pedaled involving the Biden family and Ukraine. The publication also faced criticism from some who feared the story was designed to spread disinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

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As users began to share the story on Twitter, the company responded by banning the URL from being tweeted, therefore limiting how many people could read it, without offering an explanation as to why. The companylockedthe Trump campaign's official Twitter account, @TeamTrump, after it referred to the NY Post story. White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany's account was also suspended.

Facebook's response to the New York Post article was similar: The company said it would restrict the reach of the article on its platform until a third-party fact-checked its contents. However, the article was stillshared nearly 300,000 timeson the platform following Facebook's announcement, as Business Insider's Paige Leskin reported.

It wasn't until later Thursday night that Twitter explained itself, saying that it banned the article for violating its policies around how hacked materials are shared. It's the same reasoning given in June when Twitterthat released a hoard of police documents that were originally obtained by hackers. 

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Twitter Still Blocking a NY Post Story Based on Alleged Hunter Biden Emails, Newspaper’s Account Remains FrozenTwitter is keeping itself in front of the political firing line by inconsistently applying policy to a series of unconfirmed reports by the New York Post about Joe Biden’s son Hunter — moves … Twitter Who cares? Twitter Because the story and contents are...BULLSHIT Twitter Terrible framing.

Twitter CEO Admits Blocking NY Post Stories Was Wrong, Changes Hacked-Content PolicyTwitter CEO Jack Dorsey, facing Republican wrath over the company’s blocking of tweets linking to New York Post articles on Hunter Biden, admitted Twitter’s handling of the situation wa… Twitter Aha!!!!! Twitter Jerk! People, you CANNOT believe these people! It DOESN'T mean you should vote for POTUS realDonaldTrump. It means, we HAVE TO get rid of ALL of these leaders in gov, news, corps, and start over! Twitter So, is Twitter planning to stop allowing links to all the British Tabloids? Admitted phone-scammers those ‘journalists’ are. Or does this policy only apply to pro-Trump propaganda? cc: jack Twitter his ass got caught now he protecting his ass

NY Post insiders gripe about Biden coverage - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. Hunter Biden sold access to his father for TENS OF MILLIONS of $$$$$ and ya, I would be upset as liberal at NY Post if my candidate was a corrupt fucking pig Trash News When no one will ask or answer the hard but obvious questions it lends credence to the story.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says blocking Post story was 'wrong''Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,' Dorsey said in a tweet. Have we learned nothing? Sure was Narrator: No it wasn't

Twitter changes rules on hacked content after Hunter Biden story furorTwitter says it is changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story about Hunter Biden. Seems more likely that they are fiction than that they are hacked. The gop has nothing to offer. It wasn’t hacked content. It was from an abandoned laptop that became property of the shop owner after 90 days of non-payment. The President’s taxes, however, were illegally obtained and in several news reports. Those articles were not blocked per Twitter’s hacking rules of 2018.