Twitter’s Jack Dorsey calls it a “ total mistake ” that the New York Post was blocked over the Hunter report
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits it was a mistake to block New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story – but REFUSES to say who authorized it
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a ‘total mistake’ that The New York Post lost access to his Twitter account due to his Hunter Biden laptop story
- “It had nothing to do with the content, it had to do with a hacked content policy, we had a misinterpretation,” Dorsey explained to a conference panel.
- Dorsey testified Thursday along with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook and Sundar Pichai from Google to members of House Energy and Commerce
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Thursday it was a “ total mistake ” that The New York Post was banned from its Twitter account for tweets sharing the paper’s report on Hunter Biden’s emails.
“We made a total mistake with the New York Post, we corrected that within 24 hours,” Dorsey told House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who had asked for that example. “It had nothing to do with the content, it had to do with a hacked content policy, we had a misinterpretation,” added Dorsey.
Scalise had quizzed the Twitter boss about the treatment of The New York Post versus that of The Washington Post, which recently had to make a correction on a report of a conversation between former President Donald Trump and a leading election official in Georgia
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said before a Congressional hearing on Thursday that it was a “ total mistake ” for the social media company to shut out The New York Post after the newspaper shared stories about Hunter Biden’s emails.
The New York Post published a number of emails and photos from a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden (pictured). The post was banned from his Twitter account due to tweets promoting the original story
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter why The New York Post lost access to his Twitter account, while tweets from The Washington Post remained promoting a story that needed correcting
The Washington Post incorrectly quoted the ex-president, although the sentiment expressed was similar.
The Louisiana Republican complained that The Washington Post’s tweets about the story persisted after The New York Post was punished.
Dorsey said Twitter does not write policies “according to political preference.”
“If we find any of it, we’ll send it out,” he said of violations.
Dorsey also said that Twitter did not ‘block’ The New York Post’s account for two weeks, but that the paper was locked out because editors refused to delete the tweet in question.
Since then, the process has changed, Dorsey testified.
‘We didn’t lock their account for two weeks, we had to have them delete the tweet and then they could tweet it again. They didn’t take that action, so we corrected it for them, ”Dorsey said. ‘It was literally just a process error. This was in no way against them. ‘
“When we remove a violation, we demand that people correct it,” he continued. “ We changed that based on the fact that they didn’t want to delete that tweet, which I totally agree with, I see, it’s something we learned. ”
Dorsey said Twitter’s main concerns are “ manipulated media, public health and civil integrity, ” which could explain why The Washington Post’s tweets persist.
Mid-October, The New York Post published a blockbuster report based on Hunter Biden’s emails allegedly found on a computer hard drive left in a Delaware repair shop.
Copies of messages were given to the newspaper by Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after ex-Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon notified reporters.
The emails seemingly contained some of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine, suggesting that he and his father, the Democratic candidate, were using their names for profit.
After releasing emails and compromising photos of Hunter Biden allegedly found on the laptop, Trump-elected Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the laptop was “ not part of some Russian disinformation campaign. ”
A day later, the Federal Bureau of Investigations said the agency had “nothing to add at this point” about the laptop.
A number of Democrats and ex-intelligence officials came forward and said they suspected the leaked emails and photos were part of a Russian disinformation campaign aimed at hurting current President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Dorsey, along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, testified before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on the topic of “ The Role of Social Media in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation. ”