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TECH TYRANNY: Twitter Won’t Restore The New York Post’s Account Unless Tweets Sharing Hunter Biden Story Are Deleted

The social media microblogging site appears to want to act as a publisher, not a platform, for the newspaper that was founded by Alexander Hamilton.

The main Twitter account for the New York Post has been locked since the initial report on Hunter Biden’s laptop dropped on Wednesday.


Twitter initially stopped the sharing of the original New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s emails as a violation of their policy on publishing “hacked material” on their platform. The Post has flatly denied this claim calling it “baseless.”

Despite Twitter adjusting their position in recent days after facing significant backlash, the Post‘s account has remained locked and Twitter has made it clear that it will not be unlocked until all of the tweets linking to the original article reporting on the Biden emails relating to Ukraine are deleted.

Twitter has refused to unlock the New York Post‘s account since Wednesday unless the outlet deletes six tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee 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 blocked users from sharing a Post article showing purported communication between 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and an adviser to a Ukrainian energy company…

,,,”Anyone who looks at The Post’s Twitter feed can’t even see the tweets about the Biden stories, which have been replaced by messages saying, ‘This Tweet is no longer available,'” the Post wrote on Friday.

Twitter confirmed to FOX Business that the Post “has been informed what is necessary to unlock their account.”
Source: Fox Business

Twitter has since backtracked on its policy which would have made reporting on many big news stories nigh-unto impossible — especially all of those anti-Trump articles that have been spread via Twitter for the past several years. Examples of this would be any reporting of the debunked Steele Dossier, the New York Times novella on Trump’s taxes, leaks from the White House including the phone call between President Trump and the newly-elected President of Ukraine which was the basis for impeachment, any article citing “anonymous sources,” and anything that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has said about “Russian Collusion” — because those could not be verified as valid and/or made public with permission.

But also, the reporting on the news that has been significant historically has relied on questionably-sourced information — Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, or even the information made public by Edward Snowdon and Julian Assange.

In a statement to the New York Post, Twitter wrote, “While we’ve updated the policy, we don’t change enforcement retroactively. You will still need to delete the Tweets to regain access to your account.”

Twitter, meanwhile, has decided that they are going to be the arbiters of truth.

This puts them in a very awkward position considering they’ve allowed anonymously sourced anti-Trump articles to be shared widely and even hit their top trending list.

Why do I believe that this will be weaponized to label things that they don’t like as “misleading information”?

The great news is that Republican Senators have vowed to subpoena Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, to testify before the Judiciary Committee about the censorship of the Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

K. Walker

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker