Twitter is still holding the New York Post‘s account hostage.
According to the Washington Examiner, the social media platform said it will not unlock the Post‘s account until the publication deletes all of its tweets containing links to its own recent bombshell report on Hunter Biden, the son of Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden who has been long embroiled in controversy over allegedly nefarious business dealings in Ukraine.
The Bidens in Ukraine
The tweets in question linked to an exclusive report from the Post that broke last Wednesday. In it, the Post alleges that “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”
The Post cited email evidence found on the hard drive of a laptop said to have belonged to Hunter Biden that reportedly showed the Ukrainian energy executive — Vadym Pozharskyi, a top adviser to Burisma Holdings — had thanked the former VP’s son for introducing him to his father.
According to the Post, the email read:
Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.
Silenced by Big Tech
It didn’t take long for social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, to crack down on the Post‘s report. According to NPR, both outlets limited dissemination of the story, saying “the moves were aimed at slowing the spread of potentially false information.”
Twitter even went as far as to block “users from posting pictures of the [Hunter Biden] emails or links to two of the New York Post‘s stories referring to them…citing its rules against sharing ‘content obtained through hacking that contains private information,'” NPR reported.
At least some of those who referenced the Post story in tweets before the platform blocked such actions had their accounts locked; besides the Post itself, even White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany found herself in Twitter jail.
McEnany was forced to delete her tweet before her personal account was reinstated, a notion she said “should scare every single American” in a tweet posted later on the official White House press secretary account.
Censoring political speech is what you’d expect in countries like China, North Korea, or Iran — NOT America.
This should scare every single American who values free and open discourse. Do NOT let Big Tech silence YOU‼️#TwitterCensorship
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 15, 2020
Twitter changes course
The backlash from McEnany and others seemed to prompt Twitter to walk back its decision; the platform is now allowing links to the story to be shared, a spokesperson told the Washington Examiner Friday.
Still, the spokesperson said Twitter “is not retroactively changing its enforcement decisions and is requiring the [New York Post] to delete old tweets containing the story that it said were in violation of its policies,” the Examiner reported. As of Sunday afternoon, the Post‘s account still appeared to be locked.