(PresidentialInsider.com)- Twitter has admitted that it inappropriately handled censoring messages on its social media platform that had to do with a New York Post article regarding an investigation into emails that allegedly show Joe Biden met with a top executive from a Ukrainian natural gas company on behalf of his son, Hunter Biden.
On Wednesday night, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, said his company’s handling of messages about the article “was not great.” Twitter blocked users from sharing the Post article, and eventually locked accounts that ended up sharing it.
In response, Dorsey said:
“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.”
A thread was posted by Twitter Support that attempted to explain the thinking behind why it was blocking people from sharing the article. That explanation read:
“The images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules.”
Of course, that explanation was different from the one Twitter originally issued in a statement, that said the article was censored because it contained “hacked material.”
Twitter Support also wrote:
“We also currently view materials included in the articles as violations of our Hacked Materials Policy.”
They did admit, however, that only direct “links or images” to the article in question violated the company’s policy. They continued:
“We know we have more work to do to provide clarity in our product when we enforce our rules in this manner. We should provide additional clarity and context when preventing the Tweeting or DMing of URLs that violate our policies.”
The article the Post published questioned Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s claims that he was never involved in any dealings that had to do with his son Hunter and the firm in Ukraine. An email exchange between Hunter and Vadym Pozharskiy, an adviser for the firm Burisma, was included in the Post story. That email discussed a meeting with the elder Biden, who was then serving as the vice president.
The email from Pozharskiy to Hunter, dated April 17, 2015, read:
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s really [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
The Post said it obtained the email from a hard drive that was given to them from Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer. The lawyer said he got the drive from a computer shop in Delaware which made a copy of it. They were given a laptop with that hard drive, and it was never picked up from their store.
The person who dropped off the computer to the store said his name was Hunter Biden, but whether it was actually him has not been confirmed yet.
In a statement, Joe Biden’s campaign said the Post “never asked … about the critical elements of this story.” Also, a review of “Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time” show “no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
The campaign never disputed the emails themselves, though. A Politico story even reported that “Biden’s campaign would not rule out the possibility” of “some kind of informal interaction” between the two parties.