Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed the controversy surrounding actions taken Wednesday to block the publication of a New York Post article criticizing Hunter Biden, calling them “unacceptable.”
“Our communication around our actions on @nypost the article was not great, ”he tweeted. And block URL sharing via tweet or DM without any context as to why we are blocking: unacceptable. ”
On the same Twitter thread, Dave Rubin also asked him if the corporate shadow is banning certain users in an attempt to stifle their influence online because of their political beliefs, and Dorsey only. replied: “No”
Twitter released a statement about the incident earlier today after Fox News contacted the story.
The tech giant claimed it took action against the article because of the company’s “pirated materials policy”. Twitter is preventing the publication from being shared on its platform.
“In accordance with our policy on pirated materials, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we take steps to block any links or images of the content in question on Twitter,” said a spokesperson.
REPRESENTATIVE. KEN BUCK DEMANDS THAT DOJ INVESTIGATE REMOVAL OF BIG TECH PROTECTION AFTER NYPOST AWARD ARTICLE CENSORED
Fox News attempted to direct message the article titled “Email from Smoking-gun Reveals How Hunter Biden Introduced Ukrainian Businessman to VP Dad” to another user on several occasions, but was continuously encountered with the same error message.
The article, which Fox News has yet to independently verify, also claimed the outlet had received emails showing Hunter introduced his father Joe to a senior executive at energy firm Burisma Holdings, less a year before a high-level Ukrainian prosecutor was released. forced to look into the matter.
On Wednesday afternoon, NY Post economics reporter Noah Manskar said the outlet’s official Twitter account was locked down due to Biden’s story coming from allegedly “hacked” information.
“Main Twitter account of the post (@nypost) was also locked down because the Hunter Biden stories violate his rules against “distributing pirated material,” via email we received from Twitter, ”he wrote.
News of Dorsey’s comments comes after Rep. Ken Buck, of R-Colorado, sent a letter to the Justice Department asking it to review censorship tactics employed by both Twitter and Facebook – which had also taken measures to limit the scope of the article. while hinting that the story required a fact check.
He also suggested revoking the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by big tech companies, after repeated complaints about their handling of political discourse and their apparent contempt for the First Amendment.
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“I’m writing to express my concerns about the recent actions by Twitter and Facebook to censor a major American media outlet,” Buck began. “These actions violate the platform’s immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and threaten to chill free speech in our country. ”
He added: “As such, I urge the DOJ to open an investigation into the harmful actions of Twitter and Facebook to censor free speech and restrict Americans’ access to a free press. who engage in moderation of political content. ”