Twitter in hot water over the censoring of Hunter Biden story

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Twitter has censored the sharing of a New York Post’s story alleging that Hunter Biden introduced his father to a Ukrainian executive one year before Biden pushed the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor who was investigating the company in question.

Users who attempted to tweet out the story were met with a message that read, “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more.” Daily Wire Reported.

Users who clicked on the link were taken to a page that blocked them from reading the article, claiming, “Warning: this link may be unsafe.”

“This is a Big Tech information coup,” NY Post editor Sohrab Ahmari tweeted. “This is digital civil war. I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden.”

Ted Cruz had his say on social media over the outrage:

Cruz blasted the company’s move as “insane” and wrote, “TWITTER HAS DISABLED THE LINK to the @nypost story. @jack what the hell??” Cruz tweeted. “I don’t know if the allegations are true—Qs that deserve to be answered. It’s a serious news publication raising evidence of corruption at the highest levels. @twitter shouldn’t act as Biden’s PR team.”

Twitters Response 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the massive backlash on the company was “not great”. 

Dorsey wrote, “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.”

“We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we’ve taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning,” Twitter said in part. Going on to claim the New York Post story had violated its “Hacked Materials Policy,” Twitter added they “should provide additional clarity and context when preventing the Tweeting or DMing of URLs that violate our policies.”

Josh Hawley responded to Twitters explanation:

“This is not nearly good enough,” “In fact, it’s a joke. It’s downright insulting. I will ask you – and @Facebook – to give an explanation UNDER OATH to the Senate subcommittee I chair. These are potential violations of election law, and that’s a crime”