Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, says blocking the New York Put up story was "unsuitable".


Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square Inc., holds an Apple Inc. iPhone while standing outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, United States on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Friday reiterated his apology for how the company handled an unverified report from the New York Post claiming to contain a "smoking gun" email referring to the Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son relates.

"Directly blocking URLs was wrong and we updated our policies and enforcement actions to address this. Our goal is to add context and now we have the opportunity to do that," Dorsey said in a tweet.

The story from the Post story alleges that the son of then Vice-President Biden, Hunter Biden, tried to introduce his father to a top manager of a Ukrainian company that Hunter worked for. A spokesman for the Biden campaign denied the claims.

Twitter chose to limit the distribution of the story, referring to its hacked material policy, which does not allow "our services to be used to directly distribute hacked content that contains private information, puts people in physical harm or danger, or Trades can contain secrets. "The company later said it blocked the story's link because it contained images of hacked material containing personal and private information.

Twitter was quickly beaten back by Conservatives and President Donald Trump over his decision to restrict the report.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, along with Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham, RS.C., told reporters Thursday that the panel would vote next week on whether or not to summon Dorsey for a hearing before their committee next Friday shall be.

Cruz later told CNBC's "Power Lunch" Thursday that Twitter's actions "escalated dramatically and crossed a new line". He argued that blocking the article was tantamount to "voting disruption" and questioned Twitter's liability protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

In response, the company updated its policy on hacked materials late Thursday after receiving "significant feedback". Twitter will no longer remove hacked content unless it is shared directly by hackers or those who work with them. Twitter will also flag tweets to provide context rather than preventing links from being shared on the social media platform.

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Katherine Clark