When the bombshell New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s corruption was published, Twitter locked the Post’s account. It’s been a stand-down between Twitter and the New York Post for two weeks now. Twitter refused to unlock the account unless the NYP did what they wanted and delete the tweets. Well, Twitter just backed down and unlocked the Post’s account.
Some including the New York Post called it blackmail when Twitter demanded that they do what was demanded or the Post would remain shut down.
Late Friday afternoon the New York Post reported that Twitter Safety issued a statement saying they would be revising their “Hacked Materials Policy” and unlocking the New York Post’s account:
“We’re willing to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback from the public.”
This means that because a specific @nypost enforcement led us to update the Hacked Materials Policy, we will no longer restrict their account under the terms of the previous policy and they can now Tweet again.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 30, 2020
Twitter shut down the Posts account using the “Hacked Materials Policy” but never explained how they came to that conclusion.
During testimony before a Senate Committee this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tried to explain away the reasoning behind the continued shutdown of the Post account. He also never spilled the beans on how Twitter assumed the Biden bombshell evidence was hacked material.
This latest move by social media giant Twitter further digs a hole for the tech giants who want to keep their Section 230 mandate protecting them from litigation for throttling traffic from news organizations like the New York Post.
Jack Dorsey was demolished during Senate testimony with the tech giant CEO:
Senator Ted Cruz began his testimony to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee by slamming the three CEO’s of BIG Tech:
“The three witnesses we have before this committee today collectively pose, I believe, the single greatest threat to free speech in America, and the greatest threat we have to free and fair elections.”
The entire exchange is in the video below and then broken down into clips after that:
Ted Cruz absolutely BODIED him. pic.twitter.com/GLqV3fSoRZ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 28, 2020
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at today's tech CEO hearing: "The three witnesses we have before this committee today collectively pose, I believe, the single-greatest threat to free speech in America, and the greatest threat we have to free and fair elections." pic.twitter.com/KhPRhWrk7Z
— The Recount (@therecount) October 28, 2020
He asked Jack Dorsey if Twitter has the ability to influence elections, and Jack said no.
Cruz: “So you’re testifying to this committee right now that Twitter, when it silences people, when it censors people when it blocks political speech, that has no impact on elections?
Senator Cruz discussed the New York Post censorship and the release on Twitter of President Trump’s taxes. Throughout the testimony, Dorsey was smug and evasive on policy by Twitter. At one point during questioning, he legitimized censoring President Trump on the platform while allowing Holocaust deniers to post on Twitter.
His last comment is the best:
“Who the hell elected you, and why are you using your company as a Democrat super pac?”