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After two weeks of stalemate, twitter finally unsealed the New York Post account

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/10/31 10:13:22     readed:624

According to the Wall Street Journal,Twitter unsealed the New York Post's account on Friday, ending a standoff between the social media company and the newspaper for publishing what it said was based on documents obtained from Hunter Biden's laptop. "We're back ," the New York Post's Twitter account tweeted on Friday afternoon just minutes after Twitter said it was reversing its in a way that allowed the Post to resume.


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"We believe it's fair and appropriate," Twitter said in a tweet announcing a change in rules.

Ever since the launch of a series of reports based on so-called Hunter Biden material on October 14, the New York Post has been unable to tweet to its 1.9 million Twitter fans.

Twitter initially said the story linked to the new york post violated the social media company's policy of banning publishing materials containing personal information and obtained through hacking. As the story came to light, Twitter began to block users from posting the stories on its platform, and it locked the New York Post account, saying it would unlock only tweets linked to the stories before it was deleted.

In the New York Post, the source of Hunter Biden's data was questioned. The New York Post said the data came from a laptop abandoned in a computer repair shop in Delaware that was eventually obtained by lawyers representing President Trump's private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Hunter Biden is the son of Joe Biden, the US Democratic presidential candidate.

Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, told the Senate Business Committee on Wednesday that Twitter viewed the New York Post's reports as based on hacking materials and blocked them because they contained personal information and sources were unknown. "We don't want Twitter to be a publishing platform for hacking materials ," he said. "We made a quick decision ."

At the same hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the FBI had recently warned his company to guard against possible "hacking and leaks" ahead of the US election. Facebook slowed the spread of Post articles, but did not completely block them.

The Biden campaign contested the allegations of the New York Post Center, but did not dispute the authenticity of Hunter Biden's data.

By October 16, twitter had reversed its policy of allowing links to the story, but the company still insisted that the New York Post delete its previous tweets, saying they violated Twitter's policy when they were posted.

That prevented the New York Post from tweeting until Friday, when twitter changed its policy again. In a series of tweets, the company said it was revising its previous policy to prohibit retroactive overturning, in part to avoid similar situations in the future. With regard to the New York Post, twitter said it would "no longer restrict their accounts under the terms of previous policies, and they can now tweet again."

"It's an important moment for the press and freedom of the press ," News Corp spokesman Jim Kennedy said in a statement. "The arbitrary closure of the New York Post is an important moment in this crucial election season ," he said. It has also had a negative business impact, but the New York Post team is determined that principles should prevail, and that it has gained the upper hand ."

At a business hearing on Wednesday, Dorsey faced severe criticism for his handling of the New York Post report. "Who elected you to be responsible for what the media was allowed to cover?" Senator Ted Cruz said at a hearing on Wednesday.

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