Twitter will stop removing ‘hacked content’ unless it’s shared by hackers

From The Verge: Twitter is changing its policy against posting hacked materials following criticism for how it handled a New York Post story about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Twitter’s trust and safety lead, Vijaya Gadde, tweeted a thread Thursday night saying the platform would “no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.” Instead, Twitter will label tweets with context instead of blocking them.

The move comes after Twitter blocked links to Post articles that claimed to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father to an executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The accuracy of the Post story has been called into question by several fact-checking organizations. “We don’t want to incentivize hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials,” Twitter Safety tweeted, explaining the decision.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Friday morning that “straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that.”

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