Vijaya Gadde, the legal, policy and trust & safety lead at the company, announced that some of the changes will include its approach to “hacked content” and how it shares links on its platform.
“All other Twitter Rules will still apply to the posting of or linking to hack materials, such as our rules against posting private information, synthetic and manipulated media, and non-consensual nudity,” she posted.
The New York Post on Wednesday released a bombshell report just weeks before the presidential election that purported to show emails between Hunter Biden and a Burisma official while his father was vice president under Barack Obama.
Spokesman from the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal, that the Post "never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story. They certainly never raised that Rudy Giuliani — whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures connected to Russian intelligence have been widely reported — claimed to have such materials.”
“Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the paper, ever took place,” Bates stated.
The Post followed up Wednesday with an article focused on the tech platforms’ purported “censorship.” Thursday’s print cover of the tabloid shows a photo of Biden and his son with a big blue “CENSORED” stamp, headlined “Facebook and Twitter block Post expose on Hunter Biden files.”
Critics of Twitter point to the company's apparent willingness to allow Chinese and Iranian state media to push content across its platform and allowed countless unverified allegations about President Trump during the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed the controversy surrounding actions the company took on Wednesday, calling them "unacceptable."
"Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great," he tweeted. "And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable."
The Senate Judiciary Committee leaders announced that they will vote on a subpoena for Dorsey to testify before the committee on Friday, Oct. 23. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said he hoped the committee would vote to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, too.
Gadde said that Twitter will no longer remove hacked content unless it is “directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.” And added that the company will “label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter.”
She admitted that “context moderation is incredibly difficult, especially in the critical context of an election.”
A Twitter spokesperson told Fox Business that as of now the company will continue to censor the article on Hunter Biden from being shared “as the materials in the article still violate our rules on sharing personal private information.”
But the spokesperson indicated that the approach may change in the future.