Rep. Ted Budd, RN.C., discusses his bill to limit the “suppression” of conservative viewpoints by major technology.
Twitter has refused to unblock the New York Post’s account since Wednesday unless the branch clears six tweets of coverage of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, the Post reported.
Both the San Francisco-based social media platform and Facebook came under fire this week after the two prevented users from sharing a post article highlighting the alleged communication between Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden , and a consultant for a Ukrainian energy company.
The younger Biden’s work in the country while his father was vice president was at the center of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump earlier this year. The House Democrats accused Trump of wrongly trying to make US aid dependent on an investigation by the Ukrainian government into Biden, then a candidate for the party’s presidential primary.
“Anyone who looks at the Post’s Twitter feed cannot even see the tweets about the Biden stories, which have been replaced with messages saying, ‘This tweet is no longer available’,” the Post wrote on Friday.
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Twitter confirmed to FOX Business that the Post “has been informed of what it takes to unblock your account”.
New York Post Twitter account (Image credit: FBN screenshot)
The company previously said that the Post’s Hunter Biden stories violated the site’s Hacked Media Policy when it came to displaying “hacked” information – a claim the Post described as “unfounded.”
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Twitter updated this policy on Friday stating that instead of removing it entirely, content that violates its rules will be flagged “unless shared directly by hackers or those who work with them”.
“While we’ve updated the policy, we’re not changing enforcement retrospectively. You still need to delete the tweets to regain access to your account,” Twitter wrote in a statement to the Post.
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Facebook said it would reduce the circulation of the Post’s article while the third-party platform’s independent fact checkers determine its credibility.
Republican lawmakers this week asked Facebook and Twitter to explain the decision to block the Post’s coverage. Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley invited CEOs of both companies, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, to testify before Congress about their respective decisions.
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