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Twitter censored a post about Hunter Biden.

Twitter initially blocked users from sharing a NYPost article about Biden for violating its Hacked Materials policy. It later reversed its policy.

Twitter initially blocked users from sharing a NYPost article about Biden for violating its Hacked Materials policy. It later reversed its policy. On Oct. 14th, Twitter discouraged users from sharing links to a NY Post story on Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, by labeling the link as “potentially unsafe.” Twitter later announced that the decision to label the links as unsafe was because the story violated its Hacked Materials policy, which prohibits contents retrieved from hacked sources. According to US News, it took Twitter hours to explain that the link was blocked because the article included personal and private information that violates the website’s rules.

New York Post released an exclusive where it stated that according to some emails accessed by them, “Hunter Biden introduced his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.” The emails allegedly show that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, sent Hunter Biden on Apr. 17th, 2015, stating, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together. It’s really an honor and pleasure.” The Post reported on another email, which was sent in 2014 and allegedly showed Pozharskyi asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf. The Post reported that they obtained these emails from data recovered from a laptop, which was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware in Apr. 2019. The shopkeeper told the Post that the person who brought in the laptop for repair never retrieved the laptop or a hard drive on which its contents were stored. The Post also noted that the shop owner couldn’t accurately identify the customer as Hunter Biden but said the laptop had a sticker of the Beau Biden Foundation. The FBI seized the hard drive in Dec. 2019, but before the store owner gave it, he made a copy of the hard-drive which he eventually gave to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello. The Post story had other materials such as Hunter Biden’s intimate photos and text conversations that were taken from his laptop.

A NY times article has stated that Twitter has now reversed its policy and allowed users to share the NY Post story. The information had spread across the internet and could no longer be considered private.

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