Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted a tweet admitting that communication around the censorship of a New York Post story left much to be desired. The story portrayed the Democratic party nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden in a bad light, following revelations obtained through emails and compromising photographs on a laptop formerly in possession of Hunter Biden.
Dorsey wrote, “Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”
The Twitter CEO’s post was a quote tweet response to the Twitter Safety account, which stated:
“We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we’ve taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning,” Twitter said in part. Going on to claim the New York Post story had violated its “Hacked Materials Policy,” Twitter added they “should provide additional clarity and context when preventing the Tweeting or DMing of URLs that violate our policies.”
Twitter disabled users from the ability to post a link to the New York Post exclusive that alleged Hunter Biden had introduced his father to a Burisma executive a year before the former vice-president allegedly pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, who was investigating the energy company. Joe Biden continuously denied knowledge of his son’s business dealings in foreign nations.
Social media users who attempted to share the story were met with a message stating:
”We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more.”
Other users who clicked on the link were taken to a page that blocked them from reading the article, claiming, “Warning: this link may be unsafe.”
Twitter went as far as to suspend prominent personalities from accessing their twitter accounts for sharing the story or the photos included therein. One of the highest profile casualties of the purge was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, though the New York Post itself was also briefly locked out.