Twitter changes hacked content rules after Biden story furor

Twitter says it is changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that sparked cries of censorship from the right

Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that prompted cries of censorship from the right.

And instead of blocking links from being shared, tweets will be labeled to provide context, Gadde said.

Twitter initially responded by banning users from sharing links to the article in tweets and direct messages because it violated the company’s policy prohibiting hacked content. But it didn’t alert users about why they couldn’t share the link until hours later.

When asked how the new policy would affect the New York Post story, the company declined to elaborate. But users on Friday were able to tweet the link to the story and share it in direct messages.

Facebook said it was “reducing” the story’s distribution on its platform while waiting for third-party fact-checkers to verify it, something it regularly does with material that’s not banned outright from its service, though it risks spreading lies or causing harm in other ways.

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