Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that it was “unacceptable” for the social media platform to block users from linking to a New York Post article without context explanation for the decision.
“Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable,” Dorsey tweeted Wednesday.
The Twitter CEO linked to a thread by Twitter’s safety team further clarifying the decision. Twitter said the article, which purports to reproduce the contents of a laptop belonging to Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE’s son Hunter, violated its rules on publishing personal information.
The thread also said the materials violated its prohibition on publication of hacked materials.
“Commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves, aren’t a violation of this policy,” the thread stated. “Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves.”
Commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves, aren’t a violation of this policy. Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 14, 2020
Facebook, which has historically been less likely to remove material from the platform than Twitter, also said Wednesday it would “reduc[e] distribution” of the article until it could be independently verified.
The Post claimed in the article that Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThree Democrats call for investigation into Sidney Powell to move 'swiftly' Fox News bans Rudy Giuliani from appearing: report Alabama official dismisses Lindell claim that 100K votes were flipped from Trump to Biden: 'It's not possible' MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s personal attorney, gave the materials to the tabloid. The article claims the emails, which have not been independently verified, show Ukrainian executive Vadym Pozharskyi asking Hunter Biden to arrange a meeting with his father.
The Biden campaign has denied the meeting was on any official schedules. The Post published screenshots of the alleged emails rather than metadata.