Twitter is pulling out, permitting customers to share the New York Put up story by means of Bidens


Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive officer, testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about foreign influence over social media platforms on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Twitter on Friday reversed its controversial editorial decision to prevent users from sharing a New York Post story alleging "Smoking Gun" emails relating to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his Show son.

The company and rival Facebook made the unprecedented decisions on Wednesday to block or restrict the distribution of the news article. The unconfirmed story alleges that Hunter Biden attempted to introduce his father, then Vice President of the United States, to an executive at the Ukrainian company he worked for.

Twitter later said it blocked the article because it contained pictures of hacked material containing personal and private information. It was then made clear that discussions or comments about the hacked materials should not be prohibited.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, described the company's original decision to block the article without declaring its reasoning as "unacceptable".

President Donald Trump and some users loudly criticized Twitter's original decision.

"So horrific that Facebook and Twitter wrote the story of 'Smoking Gun' emails about Sleepy Joe Biden and his son Hunter in @NYPost," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "It's just the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230 !!!"

The company has now completely reversed its decision and lets users share the article. The company has changed its mind because the once private information in the article has now been made widely available on the Internet, a company spokesman said.

The company also changed its policy on Thursday, stating that hacked content will only be removed if shared directly by hackers or those who work with them. In addition, Twitter will now flag tweets to provide context rather than blocking links, said Vijaya Gadde, director of law, public order, and trust and safety at Twitter.


Katherine Clark