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Blocked articles | Twitter is changing policy in the face of Republican anger

(Washington) Twitter changed its policy on illegal content following its decision to block articles criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden angered Republicans.

Posted Oct 16, 2020 at 6:48 AM

Agence France-Presse

The social media giant announced late Thursday night that in the future it would only block stolen information published directly by hackers, and that it would now label any other information of questionable origin.

Republican senators had announced in advance of the ruling that they intended to sue Twitter boss Jack Dorsey on Oct. 23 to explain the blocking of articles that are unfavorable to Mr. Biden.


Twitter boss Jack Dorsey

The Senate Judicial Committee, where Republicans have a majority, will vote "Tuesday to summon Jack Dorsey for it the following Friday, said Senator Ted Cruz in the halls of Congress.

He must "explain why Twitter is abusing its power to silence the press and conceal allegations of corruption," added the elected official, accompanied by head of the Judicial Commission Lindsey Graham, on camera & # 39 s from Fox News channels and C-span.

Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday blocked the conservative New York Post newspaper's sharing of articles based on emails allegedly written by Joe Biden's son, Hunter, about corruption allegations in Ukraine.

"I don't know if the New York Post stories are true," added Ted Cruz. But "Twitter, Facebook and tech industry millionaires are meddling in the election," he thundered, denouncing an "unprecedented" act of "censorship" within three weeks of the poll.

Twitter's legal and policy manager, Vijaya Gadde, tweeted late Thursday night that, under changes to its illegal content policy, the platform "would no longer remove illegal content unless shared directly by pirates or those who consulted them. She added that the social media giant would also tag the tweets to provide context "rather than blocking links to be shared on Twitter," stressing that it would address "potential concerns. have many unintended consequences for journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that run counter to Twitter's purpose of serving the public conversation ”.

The day before, Jack Dorsey had admitted an error in the explanation. “Our communication about our actions in the New York Post article was not great. And block sharing the article's web address without context and explain why: unacceptable.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley, for his part, "invited" Twitter's boss, as well as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, to testify before a Senate subcommittee "on an indefinite date," according to letters to two leaders.

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