Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

  • Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

"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.

Mr. Dorsey had acknowledged in a tweet Wednesday that the company's communication surrounding the New York Post's article "was not great".

Vijaya Gadde, the global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety at Twitter, claimed the company will be making "changes to the policy and how we enforce it" after Twitter began banning accounts that tweeted links to the stories, including members of Congress and from congressional servers.

Twitter blocked some people from sharing links to the story, and those who clicked on links that were shared were blocked from visiting the New York Post website. The scenario of how the data came to be in the hands of a random laptop fix shop which then chose to hand it over to a key Trump ally stretches credibility - bearing the hallmarks of an election-targeting disops operation, as we explained on Wednesday.

"This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation", said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.

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

However, Politico added that "Biden's campaign would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn't appear on Biden's official schedule. We are no longer limited to Tweet removal as an enforcement action".

Republican senator Ted Cruz called the decision "election interference", while President Donald Trump - who trails Biden in polls 19 days before the presidential poll - decried the blockage by both Twitter and Facebook.

Gadde explained that Twitter "put the Hacked Materials Policy in place back in 2018 to discourage and mitigate harms associated with hacks and unauthorized exposure of private information".

She allegedly included a link to The Post's story. "The Hacked Material Policy is being updated to reflect these new enforcement capabilities".

At the same time, the new "third way" policy for hacked materials does leave Twitter's platform to be a conduit for the spread of political disinformation (just with a little contextual friction) - in instances where it's been credulously laundered by the press.

Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that prompted cries of censorship from the right.

But the outlet's source for the information raised questions.

We can only hope we don't have to find out.