Twitter Alters “Hacked Materials” Censorship Policy After Hunter Biden Backlash
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.