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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:07 PM

In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article

Source: New York Times

In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article

The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.

By Kate Conger and Mike Isaac
Oct. 16, 2020
Updated 8:15 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — It is the 11th hour before the presidential election. But Facebook and Twitter are still changing their minds.

With just a few weeks to go before the Nov. 3 vote, the social media companies are continuing to shift their policies and, in some cases, are entirely reversing what they will and won’t allow on their sites. On Friday, Twitter underlined just how fluid its policies were when it began letting users share links to an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Hunter Biden that it had previously blocked from its service.

The change was a 180-degree turn from Wednesday, when Twitter had banned the links to the article because the emails on which it was based may have been hacked and contained private information, both of which violated its policies. (Many questions remain about how the New York Post obtained the emails.)

Late Thursday, under pressure from Republicans who said Twitter was censoring them, the company began backtracking by revising one of its policies. It completed its about-face on Friday by lifting the ban on the New York Post story altogether, as the article has spread widely across the internet.

Twitter’s flip-flop followed a spate of changes from Facebook, which over the past few weeks has said it would ban Holocaust denial content, ban more QAnon conspiracy pages and groups, ban anti-vaccination ads and suspend political advertising for an unspecified length of time after the election. All of those things had previously been allowed — until they weren’t.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/technology/twitter-new-york-post.html

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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:07 PM

1. That is unfortunate.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:11 PM

2. Disgraceful. The article is proven nonsense, based on what is clearly a hostile foreign power's

disinformation operation.

But that's what we ought to expect from Twitter given their record.

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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:12 PM

3. So, they are allowing disinformation..WTF...the story has already been proven to have

NO value..just propaganda...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 10:32 PM

4. technical people ought to know

that an email needs to have the metadata to be taken seriously.

I am completely disgusted with this.

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