Twitter CEO says social media giant didn't communicate well on blocking of New York Post's Biden article

by Laura Mize · Oct 15th, 2020 11:54 am

Last Updated Oct 16th, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey released a statement Wednesday night admitting the social media giant should have done some things differently in its handling of tweets about a New York Post article exposing an incriminating email from a Ukrainian executive to Hunter Biden.

Twitter prevented users from sharing the article on its platform, saying the piece contained information obtained via hacking. Twitter said the articles also contained email addresses, which qualify as personal information that is not allowed on the platform. It also locked the New York Post Twitter account. As of late Thursday morning, the New York Post Twitter account had not published a tweet in 21 hours.

Before Dorsey addressed the company's actions regarding the article, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and other high-level Republicans criticized Twitter for blocking users from sharing the article.

Following Dorsey's statement, Hawley blasted his tweet as "a joke."

On Thursday, Politico reporter Cristiano Lima wrote that Twitter was blocking people from sharing a second New York Post article about additional Hunter Biden emails detailing deals made with a Chinese company.

Hawley's office also shared copies of letters sent to Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting they testify in an upcoming hearing on "Digital Platforms and Election Interference."


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