Recently, social media platform Twitter was surrounded by a lot of backlashes by people around the world. Twitter was wrong to block weblinks to an uncertain political story, CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Friday, as the company reacted to judgment over its tackling the story that had inspired calls of censorship from the right. “Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix,” he tweeted. “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that.”
Dorsey was pulling in after an executive at the social media company stated changes late Thursday to its plan on hacked content following an onslaught of criticism. Vijaya Gadde in a Twitter thread said that Twitter will no longer remove hacked material unless it’s directly shared by hackers or those working with them, the company’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety. And instead of blocking links from being shared, tweets will be labeled to provide context, Gadde said.
She added further, “We want to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter’s purpose of serving the public conversation.” Twitter and Facebook had moved quickly this week to limit the spread of the story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, which cited unverified emails from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son that were reportedly discovered by President Donald Trump’s allies. The story has not been confirmed by other publications.