Twitter briefly restricts Trump campaign account amid Republican outcry

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(Reuters) – US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign Twitter The account was briefly banned from tweeting on Thursday, which sparked an outcry from Republican lawmakers who accused social media companies of acting as a “talk police” and promising to Twitter responsible.

Twitter temporarily blocked the @TeamTrump account from sending tweets after posting a video about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden who he said was breaking his rules.

The video referred to a New York Post article on Wednesday that contained alleged details of Hunter Biden’s business relationship with a Ukrainian energy company and said the former vice president had met with an adviser to the company.

A Twitter The spokesperson told Reuters earlier Thursday that the @TeamTrump account, as well as the accounts of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the New York Post, had been barred from tweeting due to the policies of the company on pirated documents and the publication of private information. He said accounts may need to delete rule-breaking posts to continue tweeting.

The Trump campaign, with 2.2 million subscribers, was tweeting again on Thursday afternoon. He said in a new tweet that he was “reposting the video Twitter doesn’t want you to watch. A Twitter the spokesperson told Reuters that the site wouldn’t act, as the changes to the video meant she was no longer breaking her rules.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement that Republican-led Senate committees had previously concluded that Joe Biden had not done any wrongdoing related to Ukraine.

Both Facebook Inc and Twitter took proactive steps Wednesday to restrict the Post’s article from being distributed within hours of its publication.

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“This is all going to end in a big lawsuit and there are things that can happen that are very serious that I would rather not see happen, but it’s probably going to have to,” said Trump, when asked about the move by Twitter.

Twitter said on Wednesday that the Post’s article violated its “pirated material” policy, which prohibits the distribution of pirated content containing private information or trade secrets, or puts people at risk of physical harm.

Facebook reduces the frequency with which the story appears in user newsfeeds and elsewhere on the Facebook platform, an action that spokesman Andy Stone said the company is taking “if we have signals that a piece of content is bogus.”

Twitter banned its users from posting links to the Post article, but its managing director Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday saying, “Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And block URL sharing via tweet or DM without any context as to why we are blocking: unacceptable. “

A Twitter The spokesperson declined to answer questions from Reuters on whether Dorsey had been involved in the decisions on the restrictions on Wednesday or Thursday.

Neither the @nypost nor @kayleighmcenany accounts have tweeted in nearly a day, suggesting that they are still not allowed to post.

Other Twitter of users, including a reporter, said their accounts were suspended because they posted a link to the New York Post article. The accounts were unblocked after deleting the offending tweets.

SENDING SUBPOINTS

Republican lawmakers criticized the actions of social media companies on Thursday. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said blocking history was “wrong” and there should be no “talk police” in the United States.

After Twitter imposed the restrictions, the US Senate Judiciary Committee requested a summons to Dorsey. Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said the committee will vote on sending the summons on Tuesday, October 20 and plans to have Dorsey before the committee by October 23. Senator Hawley also called for a summons. at Facebook.

“We’re finally going to have long overdue accounting,” Graham said. “To me, that crystallizes the problem better than anything I could think of.”

CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google are also set to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee later this month at a hearing to discuss Section 230 – a valuable legal immunity enjoyed by internet companies, which gives tech companies a protection against liability for content posted by users.

Calls for Section 230 reform and criminalization of tech companies have intensified, but Congress is unlikely to pass the law this year.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in London and Nandita Bose in Washington; Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Lisa Shumaker

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