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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.



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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  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


    October 20, 2020 at 2:40 am

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

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