Twitter Alters Policy on “Hacked” Content After Censoring N.Y. Post Story on Bidens
Twitter will change its policy on blocking “hacked” material because the social media site’s hysterical reaction to bad news regarding its preferred candidate, Joe Biden, invited a tornado of criticism.
The website blocked access to the first installment of the New York Post’s exposé about Hunter and Joe Biden. The first story, Twitter claimed, used “hacked” emails in reporting that Hunter Biden arranged a meeting between his father and a Ukrainian businessman.
Twitter even shut down the newspaper’s entire account.
Result: A stern warning from Senator Josh Hawley, and then a quick retreat that changed policy.
The Story, the Reaction
In some sense, Twitter’s reaction was understandable, given its left-wing slant.
The leftist social media site quickly became a platform for very bad news: The Democrat presidential candidate lied when he said he never discussed with his son the latter’s shady business activities in Ukraine.
The Post published an email from a Ukrainian businessman that thanked Hunter for setting up a meeting with his father the vice president, then head of the Obama Administration’s Ukraine policy. The email came from the hard drive of a laptop left at a computer repair shop.
The story is significant given Joe Biden’s threat, in 2016, to cut off $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine if it did not cashier Ukraine’s top prosecutor, who was investigating Burisma Holdings. Burisma is the energy company that inexplicably put Hunter Biden on its board, despite his history of drug use and lack of experience in the energy field.
As the story went viral, though, Twitter’s social justice warriors panicked. The news might damage their candidate.
And so Twitter falsely called the emails “hacked” so it could justify blocking users from seeing them.
When conservatives and even some liberals opened fire on Twitter for censorship and interfering in an election, CEO Jack Dorsey confessed the site’s error.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) accused Twitter of an illegal contribution to the Biden campaign and said Dorsey’s explanation wasn’t good enough. Hawley complained to the Federal Election Commission.
R. Cort Kirkwood
R. Cort Kirkwood is a long-time contributor to The New American and a former newspaper editor.
Courtesy of The New American