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Twitter Changes Course After Backlash Over New York Post Story Involving Joe Biden

Following the revelation that the social media giant was censoring accounts, the hashtag #TwitterCensorship was trending on the service.

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Twitter is changing its rules regarding ‘hacked’ content after a New York Post story emerged which included potentially damaging allegations about Joe Biden. The company’s policy chief Vijaya Gadde said the company will not remove hacked content unless “it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.”

Following the revelation that the social media giant was censoring accounts, the hashtag #TwitterCensorship was trending on the service.

Hacked content is content that is placed on a person’s site without their permission. Twitter said an updated policy will be put in place soon.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Republican lawmakers announced that they were going to subpoena CEO Jack Dorsey to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. The panel wants to determine whether Twitter violated federal election law by suppressing the distribution of the New York Post story.

The Biden campaign has denied any claims of wrongdoing. Several conservatives including members of the media and President Donald Trump claim they have been targeted and censored on Twitter.

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The Atlantic Endorses Joe Biden for President

Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a statement on behalf of the editorial team announcing that the publication is endorsing the former vice president.

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Since its founding in 1857, The Atlantic has only endorsed three presidential candidates in Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden will become the fourth-ever candidate to receive an endorsement from the American magazine and multi-platform publisher.

Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a statement on behalf of the editorial team announcing that the publication is endorsing the former vice president.

“Biden is a man of experience, maturity, and obvious humanity, but had the Republican Party put forward a credible candidate for president, we would have felt no compulsion to state a preference,” Goldberg wrote.

“Donald Trump, however, is a clear and continuing danger to the United States, and it does not seem likely that our country would be able to emerge whole from four more years of his misrule.”

Furthermore, The Atlantic editorial went on to say that President Trump is one of the worst in the United States history and will be alongside names like  Andrew Johnson and James Buchanan as the worst presidents.

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New York Post Twitter Account Remains Locked Down

The social media giant refuses to unlock the account unless the Post deletes six tweets that it sent out about the story involving Hunter and Joe Biden.

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The New York Post’s Twitter account is still locked, eight days after they published a report about Joe Biden’s alleged involvement with his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. The account has nearly two-million followers.

The story specifically stated that Hunter Biden tried to introduce an executive at Ukrainian energy company, Burisma to the elder Biden who was the vice president at the time. Now, the Democratic nominee for president, Mr. Biden calls the story a “smear”.

The social media giant refuses to unlock the account unless the Post deletes six tweets that it sent out about the story. Both Twitter and Facebook came under fire last week for censoring users that shared the story.

Thursday, Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify about their handling of the story.  

Twitter said it made the decision to censor people from sharing the story under its ‘hacked material’ policy. The story contained personal contact information and material allegedly taken from a laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden.

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Senator Tom Cotton Reacts to Nonpartisan Claim by New York Times Editor

Cotton has long been among the paper’s most vocal critics on Capitol Hill, so there’s no love lost there from the senator and the Times.

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A few weeks ago, The New York Times editorial board published their endorsement for Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.

It was only a matter of time before the Times received some pushback on endorsing the former vice president as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) mocked the newspaper after one of their editors stated that they’re not partisan.

“This election is not about Democrat or Republican,” New York Times editor Mara Gay said on MSNBC. “This is really about right and wrong and saving the soul of the nation.”

Cotton responded to Gay’s comments in an interview with Fox News.

“I mean, what a joke. Do these people have any self-awareness?” Cotton said. “But if they’re really not a partisan newspaper, I have got news for the New York Times: I will be submitting several new op-eds in the coming days that they can publish as well.”

Back in June, Cotton wrote an op-ed for the Times. In his piece, the Arkansas senator advocated for deploying the U.S. military to American cities to help control violent protests.

Before these war of words, Cotton has long been among the paper’s most vocal critics on Capitol Hill, so there’s no love lost there from the senator and the Times.

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