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 @NY Post. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!! – President Donald J. Trump, Twitter
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed the controversy surrounding actions the company took on Wednesday to block the spread of a New York Post article critical of Hunter Biden, 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.”
He was also asked by Dave Rubin on the same Twitter thread if the company shadow bans certain users in an attempt to stifle their online influence due to their political beliefs, and Dorsey only replied, “No.”
Twitter had issued a statement about the incident earlier in the day after Fox News reached out about the story.
The tech giant claimed it took action against the article due to the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.” Twitter is blocking the post from being shared on its platform.
“In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter,” a spokesperson said.
Fox News attempted to send via direct message the article titled “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad” to another user multiple times but was continually met with the same error message.
The article, which Fox News hasn’t independently verified yet, also claimed that the outlet had been given emails showing Hunter had introduced his father Joe to a top executive at the energy firm Burisma Holdings, less than a year before a top Ukranian prosecutor was forced out for looking into the matter.
On Wednesday afternoon, NY Post business reporter Noah Manskar said the outlet’s official Twitter account had been locked due to the Biden story being sourced from allegedly “hacked” information.
“The Post’s primary Twitter account (@nypost) has also been locked because the Hunter Biden stories violate its rules against ‘distribution of hacked material,’ per email we received from Twitter,” he wrote.
News of Dorsey’s comments come after Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking that it look into the censorship tactics employed by both Twitter and Facebook — which had also taken steps to limit the article’s reach while intimating that the story needed fact-checking.
He also suggested revoking the prosecutorial immunity enjoyed by big tech companies, after repeated complaints about their handling of political speech and their apparent disregard for the First Amendment.
“I write to express my concerns regarding Twitter and Facebook’s recent actions to censor a prominent American news outlet,” Buck began. “These actions violate the platform’s immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and threaten to chill free speech throughout our nation.”
He added, “As such, I urge the DOJ to open an investigation into Twitter and Facebook’s harmful actions to censor free speech and curtail Americans’ access to a free press. I also urge the DOJ to consider removing Section 230 immunity for social media platforms that engage in political content moderation.”
Section 230 of the Security Communications Act states 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” (47 U.S.C. § 230)
What this means is that any online service which publishes third party content is protected against a range of laws that might otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do.
The problem is, as was exhibited yesterday, these entities can also be used as a way to limit free speech, if that speech damages the political party which the ownership supports.
There has been shadow banning of Conservatives happening on Twitter for quite some time.
For example, actor James Woods, a noted Conservative possessing a razor-sharp wit, was banned for several months from Twitter.
In fact, he and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had their Tweets about the New York Post Article taken down and were both blocked for a short time yesterday.
Other Conservatives have had thousands of followers mysteriously vanish with no logical explanation.
And, as we all saw, Twitter was definitely Pro-Hillary during the 2016 Campaign.
What gets me, is while all this has been going on, “Bots” and wild-eyed vulgar Liberals are allowed to spam Trump’s Twitter feed, making it almost impossible for average Americans to comment on it.
Why, it is almost like these clowns are getting paid to damage the President. (/sarc)
President Trump has always been a master of using Twitter to reach out directly to the American people to get his point across unfiltered by the biased Main Stream Media.
He also takes delight in “trolling” the Main Stream Media and their masters, the Democratic Party, through its use.
Americans receive daily communication from their 45th President, Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump.
The vast majority of Americans own cellphones…and are on Twitter.
Yes, the 280 characters contained in a “Tweet” are definitely not the most eloquent way for a President to be communicating with the American Public, but they are clear, concise, and immediate.
There is no room for “weasel words” in a “Tweet”, unlike the addresses of the individual who occupied the Oval Office before President Trump.
Heck, Obama gave long speeches just so he could refer to himself ad infinitum in them.
99.9 percent of broadcast networks’ coverage of President Donald J. Trump has been negative.
The fact is, President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
And, the Democrats still stupidly expect him to be like George W. Bush and not fight back when they insult, demean, and now, attempt to impeach him.
President Trump has the same rights as every American citizen and those rights include the right to fight back.
So, whatever sort of executive order he decides to sign today in order to fight the censorship of Conservative Speech in Social Media, I support it 100%.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
For Twitter to intentionally attempt to run interference for the Democratic Party and influence the 2020 Presidential Election is indeed an intentional affront not only against Free Speech but our right as Americans to receive important information in order to be e knowledgeable about our country’s situation when we cast or votes.
In other words, Jack Dorsey was correct.
The actions of his employees in regards to the New York Post’s article about the Hunter Biden Scandal were indeed unacceptable.
However, whom did they receive their orders from?
Jack Dorsey pulled a Steve Urkel.
“Oh, did I do that?”
Until He Comes,