Twitter CEO apologises for suppressing damning story on Joe Biden’s son
Twitter Chief Executive, Jack Dorsey says the company “was wrong” for blocking an incriminaring New York Post story on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
Dorsey stated this while appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning alongside Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg whose company also faced scrutiny.
The story in contention was published days before the US presidential election and contained emails and other materials from Hunter’s laptop.
Twitter blocked sharing of the article on then-Democratic Party candidate,
Joe Biden’s son entirely, but Facebook stopped short of that, choosing instead to limit its distribution.
In his opening remarks before the Committee, Dorsey explained that the company blocked the material because it was obtained through hacking, which violated Twitter’s 2018 policy against spreading hacked materials.
However, he said that the blockade of the article on Joe Biden’s son was rescinded within 24 hours.
“We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread.
“Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours,” Dorsey said in his testimony.
Republican lawmakers are seeking to abrogate the legal protections the social media giants enjoy as they are not considered publishers under the law.
Senator Lindsay Graham (R – SC) said, “That to me seems like you’re the ultimate editor.
“The editorial decision by the New York Post to run the story was overridden by Twitter and Facebook in different fashions to prevent its dissemination. Now if that’s not making an editorial decision I don’t know what would be.”