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Twitter updates its 'Hacked Materials' policy after NY Post controversy

Twitter's updated policy allows links to news articles about leaked materials, but not links posted by hackers themselves.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
October 15, 2020
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018. Anushree Fadnavis / Reuters

In response to a New York Post article this week about Hunter Biden that used emails of dubious sourcing, Twitter blocked links to it, eventually citing the company’s existing policies around hacked materials. These policies have come under scrutiny before, most notably earlier this year around links to a cache of leaked law enforcement files that Twitter also blocked, but now Republican politicians have taken issue, claiming the company overstepped legal boundaries and is censoring the materials.

Yesterday Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that blocking the link without providing context was “unacceptable,” and today Twitter Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde followed up with a thread of her own.

Now Twitter has changed its hacked materials policy, and according to Gadde:

“1. We will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them

2. We will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter.”

These changes should provide a framework where Twitter’s policies still target hackers who seek to share stolen materials, but open the door for reporting about leaks. Whether or not this mollifies critics who claim the company has shown bias one way or another, remains to be seen. Notably, as the New York Times points out, the New York Post article itself will continue to be blocked, as it contains links to personal information and email address that are still prohibited under Twitter’s personal information policy.

Update (10/16, 4:53 PM ET): In one more reversal, Twitter has now unblocked sharing of a link to the particular New York Post article with personal information. According to the New York Times, it’s because the article has already spread widely across the internet.

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