The standoff is done, for now. Twitter relented in its suspension of the New York Post regarding the newspaper’s report about Hunter Biden. The feud began when Twitter and Facebook suppressed the New York Post report about contents found on the hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
Twitter took the extreme measure of not allowing users to share the story, saying that it violated its policy of sharing hacked material. The Post has always maintained there was zero evidence that the emails or contents published in the story were hacked.
The Post’s main account was also blocked in connection with the story, and it remained on suspension until Friday night, when Twitter lifted the ban and tweeted out, “Our policies are living documents. We’re willing to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback from the public. One such example is the recent change to our Hacked Materials Policy and its impact on accounts like the New York Post.”
Twitter went on to explain its reasoning for lifting the suspension on the New York Post account: “In response, we’re updating our practice of not retroactively overturning prior enforcement. Decisions made under policies that are subsequently changed & published can now be appealed if the account at issue is a driver of that change. We believe this is fair and appropriate. This means that because a specific @nypost enforcement led us to update the Hacked Materials Policy, we will no longer restrict their account under the terms of the previous policy and they can now Tweet again.”
The New York Post celebrated with its first tweet, declaring “We’re baaaaaaack” with the headline “FREE BIRD!”
— New York Post (@nypost) October 30, 2020