Twitter appears to backtrack on blocking New York Post article

Twitter appears to backtrack on blocking New York Post article

Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry from conservatives about its handling of an unverified political story on Hunter Biden.

Twitter had placed similar restrictions on the account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday, after she shared the Post story.

The newspaper said the story was based on information provided by US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani that was harvested from a laptop abandoned in a DE computer-repair shop. The emails were discovered by President Donald Trump's allies.

The second story alleges that Hunter pursued business deals with one of China's largest energy companies in an attempt to cash in "for me and my family".

NBC News reported Thursday that federal investigators are looking into whether the emails detailed in the report are linked to a foreign intelligence operation.

USA officials were specifically concerned that authentic Burisma material might be leaked alongside fake content, sources told the outlet. Politico later clarified that the campaign wouldn't rule out the possibility that the former vice president had an informal interaction with Pozharskyi.

Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday his company had been wrong to block links to an article making claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son.

That policy, enacted in 2018 - announced as part of an election integrity initiative, recalling the 2016 Hillary Clinton email leaks - stated that "news articles discussing a hack", without including the hacked materials, are exempt from penalties.

Trump, who trails Biden in polls 19 days before the presidential election, blasted the two social media giants on Wednesday.

The investigation of Burisma that Vice President Biden is alleged to have wanted to stop was eventually opened, and focused on improperly issued permits from 2010-2012, years before Hunter Biden joined the board.

Casey Newton, on the other hand, argued that the platforms had successfully slowed the story's spread: "The truth had time to put its shoes on before Rudy Giuliani's shaggy-dog story about a laptop of dubious origin made it all the way around the world".

The role of Giuliani, who has repeatedly advanced unproven and poorly sourced conspiracy theories about the Bidens and Ukraine, also raised flags.

Moss pointed out that while the legal implications for Giuliani were unclear, the fix store owner may have exposed himself to civil and criminal liability under state and federal computer privacy laws.

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