The New York Post’s Twitter account remains locked as the social media site is requiring the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid to delete six tweets linking to its stories on Hunter Biden’s emails even though users can now send links to it.
As of Saturday morning, the Post’s Twitter feed shows that it has not posted a story since Wednesday.
A Twitter representative told the newspaper that while the site has lifted restrictions that banned users from circulating the link to the Biden story, the Post is still required to remove the tweets so that it could use its account.
‘While we’ve updated the policy, we don’t change enforcement retroactively,’ a Twitter rep told the Post on Friday in an email.
As of Saturday, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post. It is demanding that the newspaper delete six links related to its story about emails said to have been discovered on a computer belonging to Hunter Biden. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, seen above in New Delhi in 2018, said his company was wrong to block the sharing of links to the Post story
As of Saturday, the Post has not tweeted a link to any of its stories since Wednesday. The newspaper reported that Twitter is demanding that it remove links to its articles about Hunter Biden’s emails
‘You will still need to delete the Tweets to regain access to your account.’
Twitter and Facebook had moved quickly this week to limit the spread of the story published by the conservative-leaning Post, which cited unverified emails from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son that were reportedly discovered by President Donald Trump’s allies.
The story has not been confirmed by other publications.
San Francisco-based Twitter initially responded by banning users from sharing links to the article in tweets and direct messages because it violated the company’s policy prohibiting hacked content.
But it didn’t alert users about why they couldn’t share the link until hours later.
But by Friday, people were free to post the links again.
Twitter said that was because the ‘once-private’ information in the article is now ‘widely available’ in the press and on other platforms.
While the Post’s Twitter account remains locked for the time being, the tech giant’s executives expressed regret this week over the controversy.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was wrong to block web links to the unverified political story.
The admission came as the company responded to criticism over its handling of the story that had prompted cries of censorship from the right.
‘Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix,’ he tweeted.
‘Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that.’
After initially blocking people from sharing links to the story Wednesday, on Friday Twitter was letting its users to post the link.
GOP senators fumed that users were unable to share information from the New York Post about the Bidens and alleged secret emails
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, policy and trust & safety lead, announced on Thursday night that the company would reverse its ban that penalized users for sharing the link
It served as demonstration of how quickly things can change when it comes to social media, misinformation and the coming US election as companies try to navigate unprecedented times.
Dorsey was weighing in after an executive at the social media company announced changes late Thursday to its policy on hacked content following an onslaught of criticism.
Twitter will no longer remove hacked material unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those working with them, the company’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, said in a Twitter thread.
And instead of blocking links from being shared, tweets will be labeled to provide context, Gadde said.
The Team Trump Twitter was locked for posting the New York Post story about Joe and Hunter Biden 19 days before the election
Ted Cruz was among Republicans who threatened to subpoena Twitter and Facebook over their decision to block the story
‘We want to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter’s purpose of serving the public conversation,’ she said.
Dorsey had first tweeted that it was ‘unacceptable’ the company hadn’t provided more context around its action.
A little over 24 hours later, Gadde announced the company was making changes after receiving ‘significant feedback (from critical to supportive)’ about how it enforced the policy.
Facebook said it was ‘reducing’ the story’s distribution on its platform while waiting for third-party fact-checkers to verify it, something it regularly does with material that’s not banned outright from its service, though it risks spreading lies or causing harm in other ways.
Trump is now incorporating Twitter’s action into his campaign rallies, pleading with his supporters to send a message on Election Day to what he described as ‘censors.’
‘We’re not just running against Joe Biden. We’re running against left-wing media and we’re running against big tech,’ Trump said.
Facebook also blocked the story. One of its communications directors, Andy Stone, announced the decision on Twitter
The Post story suggested that in 2015, Biden met with a Ukrainian businessman his son Hunter introduced him to while Hunter was being paid by the Ukrainian’s firm, and that Biden later – as VP – did the man a favor