Trump out-raised, outgunned by Biden in final stretch

Ruben Fields
October 16, 2020

But it didn't alert users about why they couldn't share the link until hours later.

In a series of tweets, policy chief Vijaya Gadde said that the company will no longer remove hacked content "unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them".

Twitter is changing its Hacked Materials Policy, walking back a set of rules at the heart of its enforcement action this week against a controversial article that included potentially damaging allegations against U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee is moving to subpoena Twitter's Chief Executive Jack Dorsey after the social media platform chose to block stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son.

"All the other Twitter Rules will still apply to the posting of or linking to hacked materials, such as our rules against posting private information, synthetic and manipulated media, and non-consensual nudity", wrote Gadde.

Republican senator Ted Cruz called the decision "election interference", while President Donald Trump - who trails Biden in polls 19 days before the presidential poll - decried the blockage by both Twitter and Facebook.

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In a tweet thread explaining the change to its policy, Twitter's legal, policy and trust & safety lead, Vijaya Gadde, writes: "We want to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter's goal of serving the public conversation".

That Trump is a famously prolific and unfiltered user of Twitter - boasting more than 87 million followers - makes things even more complicated for the platform. And Thursday's print cover of the tabloid shows a photo of Biden and his son with a big blue "CENSORED" stamp and the headline "Facebook and Twitter block Post expose on Hunter Biden files".

But the newspaper's source for the information raised questions. "They're trying to protect Biden", Trump said.

The report also made claims about Joe Biden's actions in Ukraine which were contrary to the record.

On Wednesday during his Des Moines, Iowa campaign rally, Trump criticised Facebook and Twitter for "taking negative posts down" about the Post report. So the most likely scenario is Hunter Biden's iCloud was hacked and doctored emails planted on the drive where the data could be "discovered" and leaked to the press in a ham-fisted attempt to influence the USA presidential election.

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