And Twitter policy chief Vijaya Gadde announced late on Thursday the company has decided to make changes to its hacked materials policy following feedback, saying, quote, "we will label tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter".
Twitter is changing its Hacked Materials Policy, walking back a set of rules at the heart of its enforcement action this week against a controversial article that included potentially damaging allegations against United States presidential candidate Joe Biden. Twitter declined to answer Reuters questions on whether that was due to an error or a policy decision.
It cited records on a drive allegedly copied from a computer said to have been abandoned by Hunter Biden, that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave to the Post.
She added the decision was made to address concerns that the original policy could have "many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter's objective of serving the public conversation".
Dorsey said Friday that Twitter's "straight blocking of URLs was wrong".
"Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that", he tweeted. While the Biden report has raised eyebrows from many because of its sketchy sourcing, Dorsey has admitted already that Twitter did not optimally handle the situation.
"We believe that labeling Tweets and empowering people to assess content for themselves better serves the public interest and public conversation", Ms. Gadde tweeted on Thursday. "We are trying to act responsibly & quickly to prevent harms, but we're still learning along the way". The Hacked Material Policy is being updated to reflect these new enforcement capabilities", Gadde also says, adding: "Content moderation is incredibly hard, especially in the critical context of an election.
Twitter has altered its policy on hacked content after its decision to block a news report critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden provoked Republican fury.
Twitter, like Facebook, has at times struggled to consistently enforce its policies, and both have updated their rules around important issues like voting and health-related misinformation in the run-up to the November U.S. presidential election. "The Hacked Material Policy is being updated to reflect these new enforcement capabilities".
The new policy also raises the question of how Twitter will determine whether or not a person is working "in concert" with hackers?
We can only hope we don't have to find out.