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Twitter changes hacked material policy after Post blocked the Biden story



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Twitter has changed its policy on hacked materials. What follows is the controversial decision to block links to a New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son.

The unconfirmed story alleged that Hunter Biden – the son of Joe Biden, who was Vice President at the time ̵

1; tried to introduce his father to a top manager of a Ukrainian company that Hunter Biden worked for.

Twitter said the article violated its guidelines for hacked material. The company clarified that it prohibits links to the article because it contains images of hacked material containing personal and private information.

The decision was criticized by Conservatives and President Donald Trump.

After receiving “significant feedback” Twitter decided to make changes to its hacked material policy in line with company, policy, trust and security director Vijaya Gadde.

There are two changes. The first is that Twitter will no longer remove hacked content unless it is shared directly by hackers or those who work with them. The second is that Twitter is marking tweets as context rather than preventing links from being shared on the social media platform.

Gadde said other Twitter terms will continue to apply – such as rules prohibiting users from posting private information without consent.

That means links to the New York Post story will continue to be blocked, Brandon Borrman, vice president of global communications at Twitter, told CNBC in a tweet. This is because the article has pictures that include email addresses and phone numbers.

Gadde said Twitter’s policy on hacked materials will be updated in the coming days.


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