Twitter Won’t Let ‘New York Post’ Tweet Until It Agrees To Behave Itself

The New York Post has been sent to timeout.

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has kept the Post’s official Twitter account locked since Thursday, the Post says, when the newspaper shared several tweets about its story on Hunter Biden that has been increasingly called in question.

On Thursday, Twitter blocked sharing of the Post story and said the piece violated several of its rules, including a prohibition on sharing personal information and hacked materials. Facebook also reduced distribution of the Post report, but the brunt of conservative displeasure over the social media sites’ limiting access to the

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Twitter botched its own moderation policies by banning a New York Post story and added fuel to the right’s baseless belief that Big Tech is waging a war against conservatives



a person wearing a blue hat: Activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside of Twitter headquarters on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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Activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside of Twitter headquarters on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Twitter earlier this week banned an article published by the New York Post regarding the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
  • The report was based in part on files and emails that the Post said were taken from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
  • Twitter’s decision to ban a story published by a conservative-leaning publication without explanation seemed to affirm Republicans’ long-held theory that Big Tech is biased against the right.
  • The move undermined what Twitter has said is its mission to implement fair moderation policies and limit disinformation on its platform, especially ahead of one of the most important presidential elections in modern US history.
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Twitter stops blocking New York Post story about Hunter Biden

Twitter has reversed its decision to block users from sharing an unsubstantiated article from the New York Post about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, The New York Times reports.

The company had previously stopped users from being able to post the story about alleged emails between a Ukrainian energy executive and Hunter Biden, citing its policy against sharing private information and against distributing “content obtained without authorization.” But after facing backlash especially among Republicans including President Trump, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Friday that blocking links to the story “was wrong,” and the company altered its policies so that it “will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them,” per BuzzFeed News.

When Twitter announced changes to its policy on hacked materials on Thursday, the Hunter Biden article was still being blocked because Twitter said it violated

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Meet the computer repairman at the center of New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story

A Wilmington computer repairman who reportedly gave a copy of Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive to Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Brian Costello, spoke cryptically Wednesday about his arrangement last month with the Republican operative.



a sign on the side of a brick building: The owner of the Mac Shop says he shared a copy of the hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden with Rudy Giuliani's attorney.


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The owner of the Mac Shop says he shared a copy of the hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden with Rudy Giuliani’s attorney.

In a winding interview with the media, John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of The Mac Shop in Wilmington, recalled how in April 2019 a man who identified himself as Hunter Biden brought three liquid-damaged laptops to his small repair shop in the Trolley Square shopping center.

Only one was left for repair, he said. No one returned to retrieve it, he said.

In the subsequent year and a half, Mac Isaac said, a “whole lot of” players were involved in the story that ended with President Donald Trump

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