Less than a day after the New York Post released an article outlining a potential scandal between Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Facebook and Twitter have prevented all dissemination of the article.
Moreover, those who have shared the article such as the journalist Jack Posobiec and the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnaney‘s personal account were temporarily disabled for sharing the piece.
The restrictions around sharing the article sparked discussions of election interference, with an Editor of the New York Post calling Twitter’s actions a ‘Big Tech information coup.’
While any attempts to share the article were blocked, Twitter instead promoted a Washington Post article refuting the New York Post’s piece, stating: Joe Biden did not push out a Ukrainian prosecutor for investigating his son, The Washington Post confirms.
However, amid continued backlash from Twitter’s censorious actions, the company’s founder and CEO Jack Dorsey made a comment:
“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.”
The comment was attached to a thread of Tweets made by ‘Twitter Safety’ in which stated that “The images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules.”
In response to the alleged bipartisanship, President Donald Trump Tweeted:
“So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!!”
Section 230 says that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”