Twitter has been getting all manner of criticism this week for their handling of a purported bombshell from the New York Post, with many critics specifically suggesting that the censorship is meant to mitigate damage to the Joe Biden campaign.
The story itself alleges that Hunter Biden did indeed speak to his father Joe about his business deals in Ukraine – something that the former Vice President has vehemently denied in the past.
As the story broke, the New York Post was attacked as a tabloid rag by many in the mainstream media, and Twitter began to suspend and lock any and all accounts who were sharing the article. This included official Trump campaign accounts and the personal account of the White House Press Secretary.
Now Twitter has taken a step further and is actively suppressing accounts who link to an official government web page on account of its proximity to the Hunter Biden story.
Twitter went to great lengths to censor the story, blocking users from sharing it on the platform, barring users from sending it in direct messages, and suspending high-profile accounts that shared the story — including accounts operated by the New York Post, the Trump campaign, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
In response to the censorship, the Republican House Judiciary Committee decided to publish the story on their website so that interested Americans could read it.
The committee then posted a link to the publication on Twitter, redirecting users to their website, not the New York Post’s. But it didn’t matter, Twitter censored that, too.
Users who tried to access the link had their screens flashed with a warning page, which said “this link may be unsafe,” and users who tried to share the link were stopped from doing so.
“The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter’s URL Policy,” the warning page stated.
The suppression of this story by Twitter, which has been characterized as “arbitrary”, has prompted lawmakers to suggest that the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey could be subpoenaed to testify in front of Congress.
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