During the current censorship on social networks, Twitter allows accounts associated with regimes such as China or Iran, which are criticized for repressing individual freedoms, to publish content.
Fox News reported on the counterproductive measure imposed by the social network against a revealing New York Post report that ended up being censored for showing several emails from the son of today’s Democratic candidate Joe Biden, both linked to illicit businesses in Ukraine.
Twitter began blocking accounts of users who tried to share the article in tweets and private messages, labeling it a violation of its Hacked Materials Policy. The censorship ended up affecting White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Censorship should be condemned!
cc: @Twitter & Facebook
NOT the American way‼️ 🇺🇸
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 14, 2020
After recovering her account, McEnany tweeted, “Censorship of political discourse is what you would expect in countries like China, North Korea ,or Iran, NOT in the United States.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, President Donald Trump criticized Big Tech companies because of censorship, so he suggested stripping the technology giants of their protections in Section 230.
Despite the fact that Twitter labels foreign state media, it still allows accounts associated with such media to push content critical of the U.S. government a little less than three weeks before the presidential election.
According to a Twitter representative, in order to comply with the company’s compliance options, account owners may be forced to remove certain content if they violate the policies, explained Fox News. Only if they remove such content are they allowed to continue using the account.
On Thursday, Oct.15, the Global Times, a media outlet funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), published on Twitter, “Before the election, truth, honesty and responsibility toward people’s well-being and world peace do not exist in the U.S.”
The editor-in-chief of the Global Times said that while “China focuses on developing itself and doing its own thing well every day (…) the U.S. is thinking about how to suppress and spoil other countries. No wonder China is growing rapidly but the US lacks development momentum.”
On Oct. 11, Hu referred to the Nov.3 U.S. presidential elections as “the equivalent to a carnival on the stage of international politics.”
The Iran Project account tweeted an article last Thursday, affirming that “U.S unilateralism [is a] real threat to human rights,” accusing the US of “economic terrorism.”
As Fox News points out, Twitter has also allowed the accounts of foreign leaders like Iran’s Ali Khamenei and China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian to condemn the United States and its policies in the run-up to the election.