- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized and called some of the company’s actions in banning the sharing of the New York Post article ‘unacceptable’
- He said there hadn’t been enough explanation as to why and that it was because ‘personal information was shared’
- He then reposted a series of posts from Twitter where the company claimed it blocked the story because it contains ‘personal information’
- The story contains screenshots where Hunter Biden’s old email address and that of Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi are shown
- Facebook says it has reduced distribution of the story until it is fact-checked
- It won’t say though who is checking the story or why it thinks it’s incredible
- Trump called their actions ‘terrible’ and threatened to remove protections which stops them from being liable for content shared on their platforms
- The Team Trump campaign Twitter has been locked because it shared the article
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday night apologized for the lack of context or explanation around the social media giant’s decision to block a story about Joe Biden and his dealings in Ukraine, but stood by the move despite being accused of censorship and election interference.
It came just an hour after President Donald Trump threatened to remove the US legal protections that exempts the likes of Twitter and Facebook from liability for the material users post on their networks.
Trump called for the law, known as Section 230, to be repealed as he blasted the social media giants as ‘terrible’ for ‘reducing circulation’ of a New York Post article which published the claims about his rival Biden earlier in the day.
Many say it demonstrates big tech’s bias towards the left, given the fact that many anti-Trump stories have been posted and shared online without intervention despite denials from the President or conservatives over the years.
Dorsey’s tweet that his company’s actions had been ‘unacceptable’ also came after it locked the personal account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing information on the article earlier in the day.
In his apology, Dorsey said there had been a lack of communication surrounding Twitter’s decision which was ‘unacceptable’ but he stands by the decision to block it.
‘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,’ he said.
He then linked to a statement from the company that said it was restricting the link because ‘personal and private information’ had been shared in the story.
The Post story says that the former Vice President met with Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi, as associate of his son Hunter, months before Biden would pressure Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Pozharskyi’s firm.