Twitter abruptly changes hacked-materials policy after blocking Biden story

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Twitter changed its policy on sharing the compromised material after facing criticism for it The decision to ban users From tweet links to an article in the New York Post containing emails from Hunter Biden allegedly recovered from a computer left in a repair shop.

On Wednesday, Twitter He said I blocked links to Post’s story because it contained private information and infringing on Twitter Hijacked material policy, Which prohibits sharing links or images of the hacked content. But late Thursday night, Vijaya Jade, the legal executive, said on Twitter Wrote a subject The company decided to make changes to [hacked materials] And how to implement it “after receiving” important comments. “

Gad wrote that Twitter enacted the policy in 2018 to “discourage and mitigate the harms associated with hacking and unauthorized exposure to private information.” “We have tried to find the right balance between people’s privacy and the right to freedom of expression, but we can do better.” And so will Twitter They change The Hacked Material Policy for “not to remove the hacked content unless it is shared directly by the hackers or those who act in coordination with them”. Twitter will also “label the Tweets to provide context rather than blocking links from sharing on Twitter.”

Twitter spokesperson Brandon Borman Wrote The Post article is still prohibited because “the material in the article continues to violate our rules on sharing private personal information.” However, I managed to send a link to Post’s story today and get banned on Twitter It looks like it has been lifted.

Twitter CEO: “Direct blocking of URLs was a mistake”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that Twitter handled Post badly, writing On Wednesday, “Blocked URL sharing via Tweet or Direct Message without any context as to why the blocking is [was] Unacceptable. ” Today, Dorsey commented on the policy change, writing “Direct blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and implemented the fix. Our goal is to try to add context, and now we have the capabilities to do that.”

The title of The Post in the story in question is, “A smokers’ email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced a Ukrainian businessman to VP father.” But like PolitiFact for the Poynter Institute Indicated, The emails mentioned in the Post article “do not prove that such a meeting took place at all.”

While Twitter has blocked links directly to the story, Facebook instead Reduced its distribution.

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