The company initially blocked links to the article on Wednesday because the content violated its rules against the distribution of hacked material and another policy against the publication of personal information such as emails and phone numbers. The New York Post article allegedly quotes leaked emails that, according to the news broadcaster, Show Biden’s son Hunter introduced the US presidential candidate to a Ukrainian energy manager. Social networks have feared that hackers could lose documents in order to interfere in the November 3rd election.
Following a change in the guidelines for hacked materials, Twitter stated that the information contained in the New York Post article is also no longer considered private as it is widely used in the press and other digital platforms. The reverse shows how quickly content moderation decisions can change under increased political pressure and control. The Senate Republicans have announced that they will summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Twitter’s actions were tougher than Facebook’s, which reduced the circulation of the article as it was actually being reviewed by its third party partners. Biden’s campaign has questioned the accuracy of the New York Post article. However, the decisions of both companies have been criticized by President Donald Trump and other high profile Conservatives, who accused social networks of suppressing their views. Both companies have denied that political beliefs play a role in content moderation. On Thursday, Twitter announced that it would flag content with hacked materials instead of blocking it on the site. The company said it would only happen if the hacked content was shared directly by hackers or employees.
Joan Donovan, director of research at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Order at Harvard’s Kennedy School, told the New York Times, which previously reported on Twitter’s latest actions, that technology platforms “are only responsive to public pressure and are therefore vulnerable to it are.” Politicians influence for some time to come. “
Some Twitter users, including Trump’s campaign, tweeted this week that their accounts have been suspended unless they removed the link to the New York Post article. Twitter didn’t share any data on how many links to the New York Post article the company blocked.