After Twitter updated its rules again, the New York Post (NYP) has been able to tweet again since Friday, as the magazine announced on the social media platform. The lockdown was triggered by reports from the NYP about Hunter Biden’s alleged links with Ukraine.
On October 14, the New York Post published reports on the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The newspaper received information about this from an email that was found on a notebook in a repair shop. According to Twitter, this violated the rules on disseminating information obtained through illegal hacks and blocked the spread of the tweet.
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Rule changes also retrospectively
On October 16, Twitter changed its rules to the effect that only hackers are prohibited from publishing illegally obtained data. This should no longer hinder reporting by journalists, among others. The New York Post’s Twitter account remained blocked. Twitter only wanted to unblock the block after deleting the offending tweet. The newspaper could then have republished the tweet as it no longer violated the updated rules.
The New York Post refused to delete the tweet and asked Twitter to activate the account. Last Friday, the social media platform again updated its own rules. From now on, rule changes will also be applied retrospectively to accounts if these accounts have brought about the change. In the announcement, Twitter made specific reference to the case of the New York Post and announced that their account is no longer blocked.
Social media services such as Twitter and Facebook are currently particularly sensitive due to the presidential elections in the US tomorrow, as they could be accused of spreading false information and thus manipulating voters.