Twitter finally unblocked the New York Post account on Friday, Oct. 30, after claiming it had reviewed its “Hacked Materials Policy” to censor a story about Hunter and his father, Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s illicit dealings with foreign companies while serving as U.S. vice president.
The unblocking came after the newspaper rejected a Twitter request to remove six tweets linked to stories that the company said were based on pirated information without any evidence, according to the New York Post.
However, the Post did not give in to Twitter’s demands and did not remove the posts even though the social network proceeded to hide them from public view. The platform also claimed to be “updating our practice of not retroactively overriding the previous application.”
From the @TwitterSafety account, the company assured that its policies “are living documents,” adding, “We are willing to update and adjust them when we find new scenarios or receive important comments from the public.”
According to the New York Post, the return to the platform was celebrated by the paper with an effusive tweet; “We’re baaaaaaack”, accompanied by an image with Saturday’s edition.
The message quickly went viral, accumulating more than 17,000 retweets and about 50,000 likes in about an hour.
Although Twitter sought to silence the newspaper for publishing information that compromised Joe Biden’s image just days before the presidential election, the censorship led people to become even more interested in the story, which led to the Post’s Twitter account growing exponentially.
Socialblade, a social networking data tracker, said the newspaper has gained more than 189,000 followers on Twitter since Oct. 14, the day the account was blocked.
On Oct. 13, one day before the Post’s story was released and censored, the main account of the news media had 1,777,638 followers. As of Friday, that number had increased to 1,968,406, according to The Blaze.
The Post said that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared before the Senate on Wednesday to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers about the media’s censorship.
Although he acknowledged that blocking the story in users’ accounts and in direct messages was not right, Dorsey maintained his decision to keep the Post’s account blocked, saying that the situation could be corrected if the media would give in to eliminating its original tweets.
“They have to log into their account, which they can do right this minute, delete the original tweet, which fell under our original enforcement action, and they can tweet the exact same material (…) and it will go through,” Dorsey said.