Twitter is backing down and changing the “hacked materials” rule it used to justify a wide-ranging censorship campaign against a New York Post article that revealed corruption on the part of Hunter Biden.
After a massive backlash, the platform announced Friday that it’s only going to censor “hacked” content posted either by hackers itself or by “those working in concert with them.
“Over the last 24 hours, we’ve received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday,” Twitter “safety” executive Vijaya Gadde tweeted. “After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it.”
The big tech platform had falsely applied the rule to begin with, erroneously claiming that the materials published by the New York Post were obtained through “hacking.” They weren’t; Hunter Biden legally forfeited a laptop to a Delaware computer repairman after declining to pick up the device after delivering it for water damage repairs. Under the terms of his agreement with the repairman, the device became his legal property.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had also admitted that the “communication” of the company’s censorship campaign was “not great.” Even he can coerced to back down if he’s sufficiently criticized by those who oppose Orwellian censorship campaigns.
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2020
The censorship and deletion of content would appear entirely arbitrary, if it wasn’t obvious that it’s entirely directed at the whims of establishment liberal “journalists” and Democrat operatives. This company has no place determining what political content circulates on the internet. It’s time to revoke Section 230 protections and regulate the Internet’s largest social media companies as utilities, insuring a right to platform access to all.
Unlikely Ally: Russian Foreign Minister Calls Out Big Tech Shenanigans
Nationalists may find allies in strange places.
Prior to the installation of Joe Biden as U.S. president, Big Tech went on a censorship spree against former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Such corporate activism against Trump has evoked a strong international response from foreign leaders fearful of the American corporate sector’s power.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently declared that Big Tech’s actions represent egregious violations of American constitutional law.
“Recent events, including those in the United States, [pertain] to a situation when half a dozen people who have created their technological empires do not even want to know what rights they have in their countries. They themselves define their rights on the basis of so-called corporate norms and they don’t care a bit about the constitutions of their nations. We have clearly seen this in the United States, and this, of course, causes serious concern”, Lavrov said to reporters on January 11, 2021.
Lavrov declared that Big Tech’s behavior “comes from evil”. He criticized American leaders for failing to provide free access to information on the Internet.
The Russian foreign minister’s comments were in response to Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Donald Trump’s personal account earlier in January. The social media platform blamed the president for inciting an “insurrection” after a small group of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Facebook and Instagram followed in Twitter’s footsteps, although the media platforms are currently reviewing if they’ll let Trump re-access his accounts.
It seems some of the most ardent opponents of America’s woke regime tend to come from abroad. America can no longer claim that it’s exceptional when both its private and public sector have no commitment to respecting its founding principles.
The Right needs to regroup and build a proper nationalist infrastructure to combat the current political apparatus in front of us.
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