Twitter reverses policy on hacked content after Hunter Biden backlash

Kayleigh Mc Enany and Donald Trump

Kayleigh Mc Enany and Donald Trump

And Twitter policy chief Vijaya Gadde announced late on Thursday the company has chose to make changes to its hacked materials policy following feedback, saying, quote, "we will label tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter".

Twitter initially responded by banning users from sharing links to the article in tweets and direct messages because it violated the company's policy prohibiting hacked content. So the most likely scenario is Hunter Biden's iCloud was hacked and doctored emails planted on the drive where the data could be "discovered" and leaked to the press in a ham-fisted attempt to influence the USA presidential election. Twitter declined to answer Reuters questions on whether that was due to an error or a policy decision.

"Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix", he tweeted.

She added the decision was made to address concerns that the original policy could have "many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter's goal of serving the public conversation".

Dorsey tweeted shortly afterward that it was "unacceptable" that the company had not provided more context around its action.

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Premier Mark McGowan also acknowledged the "terrible tragedy" in parliament and passed on his thoughts to those involved. Damian Clancey, organizer of Electrical Trades Union WA, witnessed the incident and said it happened during lunch break.

"The attempt to rig an election, which is what we're seeing here by monopolies, is unprecedented in American history", Hawley said this week. "We believe that labeling Tweets and empowering people to assess content for themselves better serves the public interest and public conversation", wrote Gadde. "We will continue to keep you all updated on our progress and more details as we update our policy pages to reflect these changes in the coming days".

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". But it didn't alert users about why they couldn't share the link until hours later.

The announcement comes after Twitter and Facebook endeavored on Wednesday to scrub links to the Post's report on the son of Vice President Joe Biden, which has been denounced as censorship by critics.

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.

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

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