Twitter BACKS DOWN over Hunter Biden email leak ‘censorship’ allowing users to share story after storm of criticism

TWITTER has backed down after it controversially blocked a story allegedly showing leaked emails to Hunter Biden that proved he introduced his dad to a Ukrainian oil exec.

Vijaya Gadde, who heads legal policy and safety at the firm, announced changes to its approach to what it deems "hacked content" and how it shares on the platform.

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Twitter became the story when it took unprecedented action to censor The New York Post's 'Smoking Gun' frontpage detailing fresh links between Biden and Ukrainian gas and oil giant Burisma.

Outrage boiled over as the social media giant decided to make such an extraordinary intervention just weeks before the election on November 3.

Critics slammed the tech firm for blocking the story when it openly allow articles about the discredited Steele dossier – which details Donald Trump's alleged links to Russia – and disputed stories about Trump's taxes to spread without intervention.

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has since apologized for the firm's handling of the blocking – which saw Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the official Trump campaign banned form the platform.

Ms Gadde announced yesterday Twitter is changing its policy – and will now label the any suspect stories with warnings rather than stopping the stopping them being shared outright.

She said: "We want to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter’s purpose of serving the public conversation.."

The boss added: "So, what’s changing? We will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.

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

Facebook also admitted taking steps to slow the spread of the story until it had been processed by its "third-party fact checking partners".

The New York Post published the original story on Wednesday which purported to have emails which showed Hunter being encouraged to use his influence to benefit Burisma.

He had been employed by the firm in 2014 and was handed a salary of $50,000-a-month, despite not having any prior experience.


Twitter came under fire from all sides after it censored the story, with Senator Ted Cruz saying "Twitter shouldn't act as Biden's PR team".

Senate Republicans are set to subpoena Twitter boss Jack to appear before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, October 23 to explain the company's actions.

Trump meanwhile has threatened to undo Section 230, a protections law exempting companies like Twitter and Facebook from liability for content that users post on the platforms. 

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Write said: "Today’s NY Post censorship fiasco underlines a brewing crisis that’s finally bubbled over:

"Facebook & Twitter may well curate whatever election outcome they desire, votes & facts be damned.

"This is a five alarm fire."



Alex Stamos, who served as Facebook’s chief security officer and is now director of the Stanford Internet Observatory, said he could not remember Facebook and Twitter ever taking such action against a mainstream news organization.

House Republican Steve Scalise added: "The same people who spent YEARS promoting the phony Steele Dossier are now working overtime to keep you from even seeing this major Biden scandal.

"Total double standard."

Republicans have long questioned whether Hunter got the gas job to guarantee the Burisma access to his dad Joe, who was serving as Vice President at the time under Barack Obama.

The leaked emails appeared to show that on at least one occasion Hunter arranged a meeting between himself, Joe and Burisma boss Vadym Pozharskyi.

Both Bidens have long insisted no wrongdoing, and Joe's campaign has said such a meeting never happened.

It emerged The Post's source of the emails was Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who Hunter's legal team accused of "openly relying on actors tied to Russian intelligence".

Giuliani claims to have got a hard drive from a damaged MacBook Pro which was handed into a repair shop in Delaware.

The laptop allegedly contained a trove of emails between Hunter and various business contacts.

It also allegedly contained sexually explicit images, and a 12-minute video of Hunter smoking crack while engaged in a sex act.

Biden's second son, 50, has long been open about his struggles with drug addiction.

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, has teased there will be more information to be revealed from the hard drive – including pictures of Hunter in "very compromising positions".

The data was allegedly also handed over to the FBI by the repair shop owner, who also gave a copy of the files to Giuliani.

Hunter's job is alleged to have been instrumental in Biden pressuring the Ukrainian government into firing prosecutors Viktor Shokin who he claims was investigating Burisma.

The allegations are disputed – with Kiev officials saying Shokin was actually fired for failing to investigation corruption following pressure from both the US and the European Union.

'OCTOBER SURPRISE'

Circumstances around the release of the emails has become increasingly murky – with a slew of reports suggesting the fingerprints of Russian operatives.

FBI officials are now reported to be probing whether the emails are linked to a foreign intelligence operation, reports NBC.

And then The Washington Post reported the White House was warned that Giuliani was being used to "feed Russian misinformation" to the President.

While yesterday The New York Times reported US intelligence analysts warned they had picked up Russian chatter about stolen Burisma emails which would be released as an "October surprise".


Biden faced no questions on the emails as he appeared at a Town Hall event last night on ABC, going head-to-head in an event counterprogrammed by Trump on NBC.

The VP had claimed he had "never spoken" to Hunter about his overseas business dealings – something which the emails appear to refute.

Biden has always vigorously defended his son, including during a town hall discussion where he called a man a "damn liar" – before berating him as "fat" and challenging him to "do push ups".

Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates hit back at allegations as he said all investigations have shown Biden carried out "official US policy towards Ukraine".

Bates added: "Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place."

Trump has long attacked Biden over Hunter's job, claiming the VP allowed him to "make a fortune" trading off his name and offering access – slamming his rival at a campaign event as "corrupt".

The Delaware US Attorney’s Office said it could not "confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation" over the seizure of the laptop.

Biden is currently leading Trump in the national polls as the US prepares to vote on November 3.

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