The social media platform had blocked the newspaper’s account on Oct. 14 after posting about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who Twitter said violated his pirated materials policy.
“We’re baaaaaaack,” the newspaper tweeted after his account was restored.
We are baaaaaaack https://t.co/D39qdLGMdV pic.twitter.com/SkVtp4o9ew
– New York Post (@nypost) October 30, 2020
Earlier this week, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey drew fire from Republican lawmakers, who accused the company of selective censorship against Tories.
Dorsey was among a group of social media business executives who have been questioned by lawmakers about their handling of content ahead of the November 3 presidential election, which pits President Donald Trump against Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Executives from Twitter, Facebook Inc and Apple Inc testified virtually at a hearing Wednesday on whether to repeal a section of the Communications Decency Act that protects companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.
Republican leaders, including Trump himself, have accused the platforms of anti-conservative bias after Twitter and Facebook blocked a link to a New York Post article based on unverified emails about Biden and his Hunter son.
Twitter was wrong to block links to an unverified political story, Dorsey said on Oct. 16 as he responded to criticism over a decision to block links to Biden’s story on his platform.
“Simply blocking URLs was wrong, and we’ve updated our policy and app to fix it,” Dorsey tweeted. “Our goal is to try to add context, and we now have the capacity to do that.”
Republican lawmakers criticized Twitter for its handling of Biden’s story, with Senator Ted Cruz saying in Wednesday’s hearing that “the company’s conduct was by far the most egregious” of any platform.
“Who the hell elected you and made you responsible for what the media is allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?” Cruz asked.