Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash After New York Post's Hunter Biden article, Twitter changes policy on hacked materials
Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2020, 01:13

She said that tweets will instead be labelled to provide context.

Twitter has taken another step back from its initial decision to block users from sharing links to or images of a New York Post story reporting on emails and other data supposedly originating on a laptop belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter. The shop owner had reportedly copied the hard drive and handed it over to federal authorities.

Twitter acknowledged Friday it had stopped blocking links to early versions of the New York Post articles, saying the private information included in them had become widely available in the press and on other platforms.

As the story about emails allegedly connected to Hunter Biden - uncovered from a laptop of unknown origin and through a questionable chain of custody - continues to circulate, new information about the origins of the story surfaces as well.

The FBI is now investigating whether emails that were published are connected to a possible Russian influence operation to spread disinformation, according to multiple reports. The US Senate Judiciary Committee has sent a subpoena to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. "Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that".

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The company's policy chief Vijaya Gadde said Thursday night that Twitter had chose 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".

Twitter Policy chief Vijaya Gadde said Thursday evening that the company chose to change its policy on pirated materials following comments on its application earlier.

In June, the platform further expanded its wrongthink-alert system, warning users when they attempted to share articles that were over 90 days old - regardless of whether they were true or not.

"Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great", Dorsey tweeted alongside the Twitter Safety announcement.

"Whereas I'll deliberately not hyperlink to the New York Submit, I need be clear that this story is eligible to be truth checked by Fb's third-party truth checking companions", Fb spokesman Andy Stone tweeted Wednesday.