Twitter unlocks New York Post's account

The account had been locked over the Post's sharing of an article about Hunter Biden.

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The New York Post's Twitter account has been unlocked following a standoff over the outlet's move to share an article about Hunter Biden,

The social media giant said on Friday it would unlock the New York Post’s account after recently changing its hacked materials policy, according to The Hill.

The company’s safety account tweeted that it would end its previous practice of “not retroactively overturning prior enforcement,” meaning that “decisions made under policies that are subsequently changed & published can now be appealed if the account at issue is a driver of that change.”

The company added that because of the previous change to the hacked materials policy, the Post’s account will no longer be locked.

“Our policies are living documents. We're willing to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback from the public,” Twitter wrote in one of its tweets Friday.

The Post responded to the reversal by tweeting, “We’re baaaaaaack,” along with an image of the outlet’s newest front page highlighting the change.

The ban on the Post followed scrutiny over sourcing in its story earlier this month on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The story claimed, among other things, that Hunter Biden set up a meeting between his father and an executive of a Ukrainian gas company he was involved in while Joe Biden was serving as vice president.

In mid-October, Twitter announced it was changing its hacked materials policy, with its head of policy Vijay Gadde tweeting at the time that the platform "will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them" and “will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter.”

However, the Post's account remained locked, with the company insisting the newspaper must delete its original tweet sharing the Hunter Biden story before it could be unlocked.

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got into a heated exchange with US lawmakers during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing over the company's decision to limit the spread of the Post report when it came out earlier this month.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Twitter's actions in Wednesday's hearing and told Dorsey, “Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”

“We’re not doing that,” Dorsey replied . “This is why I opened this hearing with calls for more transparency. We realized we need to earn trust more, we realized that more accountability is needed to show our intentions and to show the outcomes. So I hear the concerns and acknowledge them, but we want to fix it with more transparency.”

Dorsey emphasized that under the company's amended policy the Post would be able to share its article if it first deleted its initial tweet.

Conservatives have long been at odds with Twitter over what they view as its bias in how it regulates content on the platform.

The social media site has raised the ire of President Donald Trump after it hid or attached warnings to some of his tweets.

Twitter recently hid a tweet from Trump in which he threatened to use "serious force" against protesters in the US capital, saying it broke rules over abusive content.

Previously, it attached a warning to some of Trump’s tweets, prompting readers to fact-check the president’s claims.

In response, Trump signed an executive order aimed at increasing the ability of the government to regulate social media platforms.



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