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TWITTER TAILORS: Network changes guidelines following controversial censorship

Twitter took things a step too far – and is now trying to cover its tracks.

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After the New York Post released its bombshell exposé on Hunter Biden and his illicit foreign dealings, Twitter took it upon themselves to shelter all those involved. 

Including democratic nominee Joe Biden

But in the wake of the unbearably controversial decision, Twitter has decided to change its “Hacked Materials Policy,” the company said Thursday.  

The social media giant will no longer remove allegedly “hacked” content unless it is shared by hackers themselves or by accomplices, and will label questionable tweets rather than blocking them from being shared, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy and trust & safety leader said, according to the Post.

“Over the last 24 hours, we’ve received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday,” Gadde tweeted. “After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it.”

“All 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 activity,” she said in another post. 

Gadde explained that the changes are being made to address concerns of potential “unintended consequences” to journalists, whistleblowers and others. 

Twitter’s initial decision to block the Post report from being shared on Wednesday sparked widespread outrage. 

“So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of ‘Smoking Gun’ Emails related to sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter in the @NYPost,” President Trump tweeted. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later revoked the company’s decision, deeming it “unacceptable.” 

“Our communication around our actions on the @NYPost article was not great,” Dorsey tweeted. “And blocking URL sharing via Tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”’ 

The platform’s policy changes come just one day after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced they will hold a hearing Tuesday to subpoena Dorsey to testify.

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5 Comments

  1. Matt Honeycutt

    October 17, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Day late and a dollar short! Repeal the protections that these “Big Tech” companies enjoy at the moment and hold all “News Agencies ” accountable for their bias and outright lies! Hitler took control of the media in his rise to power, Reckon the Democrats are doing the same thing, for the same results!!!

  2. Why

    October 17, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Everyone at Twitter and Facebook need to be charged with trying to interfere with elections. Throwing them all in prison is the only way to get these evil people to act like decent humans.

  3. theVagabond

    October 17, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    What a bunch of crap. Twitter has no rules or policies. They make them up and just trot them out whenever they feel like it. If you have rules, you publish them and make sure they are clear so people can understand what they mean. Then you apply them impartially. You also provide an appeal process to a neutral party. Without those things, you’re just lying and being arbitrary. In other words, you’re just lying.

  4. Laxmom

    October 19, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Too little too late…revoke twitters section 230 protection. They are NOT an unbiased media platform, they are publishers censoring content

  5. BRUCE IRVING

    October 20, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Time for a real form of free media to take Twitters place.

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Election 2020

Obtained Emails on Election Night Heighten Georgia’s Mysterious Ballot-Counting

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Just the News has obtained internal emails from election workers in Georgia’s Fulton County has increased confusion and mystery regarding the November presidential elections. As a reminder, Just the News writes, “Uncertainty arose regarding the ballot processing operation at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena on and after Election Night, when ballot-scanning apparently continued even after most election workers had reportedly been sent home.”

Affidavits from Election Night poll workers state they were directed by officials to stop working around 10:30 pm on November 3rd, and return at 8:30 am the next day. Multiple local and national media outlets reported absentee ballot counting stopped around 10:30 pm and cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller.

In truth, counting at the State Farm Arena continued past 10:30 pm. Waller herself told JTN in December that contrary to media reports, many citing her, that she had “stated to all media…that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”

Through an open records request, JTN obtained a few suspect emails, in which Waller does in fact state counting ended at around 10:30 pm. The email, timestamped at 10:22 pm on Nov. 3, addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain stated, “the workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.”

When reached for comment via email, Waller only stated the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return” but did not respond to a request to see the original email to which she was responding. So then why did she keep a “small” team behind?

Another email from Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun timestamped at 11:15 pm that same night, almost an hour after Waller said counting stopped, Phillips-Calhoun’s email may suggest otherwise. “FYI-[the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on the results.”

Phillips-Calhoun’s email was sent to Waller and several other county staffers. Phillips-Calhoun did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the message specify which statement from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to.

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Election 2020

Pro-Trump super PAC rebrands to ‘stop Joe’s corruption, socialist agenda, liberalism’

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

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A super PAC that heavily supported President Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign is changing its direction to focus on the new administration. 

The Committee to Defend the President officially rebranded itself on Wednesday as Joe Biden takes office. Its mission is now aimed at taking down the incoming democrat. 

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

During the 2020 campaign cycle, the PAC reportedly raised more than $16 million to support Trump and his “America First policy agenda, BizPacReview reports. The group will now focus on “undermining” Biden’s agenda. 

“NEW NAME. SAME MISSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT & STOP JOE’s Corruption…Socialist Agenda…Liberalism,” the website says. 

The committee told Fox News it plans to match its 2020 fundraising during the 2022 election cycle, and pledges a seven-figure investment “to expose the Biden-Harris administration and other Democrats for their left-wing politics.” 

The group will push new ads, opposition research, social media engagement, and “other innovative tactics.” 

The PAC’s “new mission is to save Americans from the radical, dangerous policies of the Biden-Harris administration,” Ted Harvey, the group’s chairman, said. 

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work around the clock to reverse the unprecedented progress of the Trump presidency,” Harvey added. 

“From day one, we simply cannot let that happen. It is our patriotic duty to work around the clock and stop them – before the damage done to America becomes irreversible,” he said. 

But, this isn’t the first time the PAC has switched gears. 

Founded in 2013, it was originally called the Stop Hillary Pac, according to BizPacReview. 

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