In this news, we discuss the Twitter backtracks, allows users to post previously blocked NY Post article.
Twitter Inc confirmed Friday that it rescinded its decision to block links to a New York Post article about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, despite the ban being reaffirmed Thursday night.
Republicans who decried Twitter’s previous actions posted the story freely on the site. “You can now share the story of the Big Bomb Tech I didn’t want you to see, ”Arizona rep Paul Gosar tweeted on Friday morning. Twitter admitted on Friday that he had stopped blocking links to early versions of New York Post articles, saying the private information they contained had become widely available in the press and on other platforms.
Company policy chief Vijaya Gadde said Thursday evening that Twitter decided to change its policy on pirated materials following comments, but a spokesperson told Reuters that the New York Post article would still be blocked for “violating the rules on private personal information.” “We will no longer remove pirated content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them,” Gadde said in a series of tweets. “We tag Tweets to provide context instead of blocking sharing of links on Twitter. “
Twitter originally said the Post’s article violated its “pirated material” policy, which prohibits the distribution of pirated content, but provided no details of what material it considered pirated. Twitter Managing Director Jack Dorsey said in a tweet Friday morning that “direct URL blocking was incorrect” and suggested that Twitter instead should have applied tools like labels.
“Our goal is to try to add context, and now we have the capacity to do it,” he tweeted. The story’s successful tweets posted on Friday were untagged. Twitter declined to answer Reuters questions on whether this was due to a mistake or a political decision.
The company had briefly limited the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign after the publication of a video referencing the New York Post story on Thursday. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said on Thursday that the committee would vote Tuesday on sending a summons to Dorsey.
Separately, the Senate Trade Committee confirmed on Friday that it would hold an Oct. 28 hearing with Dorsey and CEOs of Facebook Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc and will be looking at “the best way to preserve the Internet as a forum for open discourse.” The companies had previously confirmed that the executives would appear remotely at the hearing.
- “We tag Tweets to provide context instead of preventing links from being shared on Twitter. ” Twitter originally said the Post’s article violated its “pirated material” policy, which prohibits the distribution of pirated content, but provided no details of what material it considered pirated.
- Twitter backtracks, allows users to post a previously blocked NY Post article