Twitter’s top dog, Jack Dorsey, responded to the massive swell of outrage that came when his company blocked the New York Post and the White House’s Kayleigh McEnany over a Hunter Biden report that put Joe Biden in a bad light with a tweet that acknowledged poor messaging.
No d’oh. That’s called a lame attempt to sideline criticisms.
The thing is Twitter always blocks people without explaining why; conservatives have long ago learned that conservative viewpoints are not acceptable to liberal-leaning tech giants and that blocking — censorship — is part of the posting game.
In other words: The locking of the Post’s account and McEnany’s feed for sharing that Hunter Biden was allegedly asked by a Ukrainian executive to “use his influence” with his then-vice president father was hardly surprising.
It did, however, generate huge outrage, with Republicans in Congress taking to Twitter to retweet the same Biden story — a la daring Twitter to lock their accounts, as well.
Dorsey was forced to acknowledge wrongdoing.
“Our communication,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter, “around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”
Now who’s going to get fired?
“We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we’ve taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first tweeted this morning,” Twitter Safety wrote.
“The images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules,” Twitter Safety wrote.
“As noted this morning, we also currently view materials included in the articles as violations of our Hacked Materials Policy,” Twitter Safety wrote.
“The policy, established in 2018, prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization. We don’t want to incentivize hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials,” Twitter Safety wrote.
“We know we have more work to do to provide clarity in our product when we enforce our rules in this matter. We should provide additional clarity and context when preventing the tweeting or Doing of URLs that violate our policies,” Twitter Safety wrote.
Lame. Lame and ridiculous.
Everybody knows Twitter is a far-left leaning outfit where censorship of conservatives is part of the work culture.
The only difference this time is the backlash was great — great enough that Dorsey had to make a public statement.
But he didn’t apologize. He didn’t announce a change in policy.
He simply vowed to “provide clarity” — meaning: The censorship of conservatives will continue.
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