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Twitter changes censoring policy

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/16/20, 04:21 pm

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Friday his company made a mistake in blocking users from sharing a link to a New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine. “Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix,” he tweeted. Conservatives criticized the platform for censoring the story without any explanation besides its use of hacked material, which came from an abandoned hard drive. Twitter executives clarified the company will now only remove content if hackers or their accomplices directly share it. It will attach labels to tweets sharing what Twitter decides are questionable links.

Have any more developments arisen since the report came out? After breaking the news about the Bidens’ interactions with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, the Post released a new report on Thursday with emails purporting to show Hunter’s attempts to obtain lucrative deals for his family with a large Chinese corporation.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Steve West’s report in Liberties on President Donald Trump’s battle with Twitter over regulation.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 05:59 pm

    Your dig deeper link is incorrect!

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 06:23 pm
  • WORLD’s Mickey McLean
    Posted: Mon, 10/19/2020 10:08 am

    Thank you for letting us know. We have fixed the link.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 06:03 pm

    I am not on Twitter.  Did they unblock the story?  If not, why is it still being blocked?  

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 06:34 pm

    To find articles in the WORLD archives, go to the top of the screen and click the down arrow for Special Sections. I chose and clicked on Writer Archives. In the Search box, I typed in West (in this case),clicked on Search, and then clicked on his name. If you have time and perseverance, you can scan the articles to find the desired article. (In this case, I had to scan five pages -- numbers near the bottom of the screen -- to find the article.)

    After all that, I appreciate WORLD providing us with the links.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 10/18/2020 04:30 am

    Thanks for the link!

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 10/19/2020 01:46 pm

    Big Tech, working hard to drag their candidate across the finish line.