San Francisco — 11 hours before the presidential election. But Facebook and Twitter are still changing their minds.
In the weeks leading up to the November 3rd vote, social media companies continue to change their policies, in some cases completely reversing what the site allows and does not allow. On Friday, Twitter emphasized how fluid the policy was when it began letting users share a link to an unfounded New York Post article about Hunter Biden that was previously blocked from the service.
The change has rotated 180 degrees since Wednesday, when Twitter banned links to articles. This is because Twitter-based emails may have been hacked and contain personal information. Both violate the policy. (Many questions remain about how the New York Post got the email.)
Late Thursday, under pressure from Republicans who said Twitter was censoring them, the company began to turn back by modifying one of its policies. As the article spread throughout the Internet, it completed its face on Friday by completely lifting the ban on the New York Post story.
Twitter flip-flops have banned Holocaust denial content, further banned QAnon conspiracy pages and groups, banned vaccine controversy ads, and unspecified political ads over the past few weeks, following a series of changes from Facebook. It states that it will be suspended for the period of. After the election. All of this was previously allowed — until it was no longer allowed.
Due to the rapid changes, Twitter and Facebook have become a joke, and efforts to regulate them have become more active. On Friday, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley said: Summon Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, testifies about “censorship” of New York Post articles. White House spokesman Cary McKennie said Twitter was “against us.” And President Trump shared a satirical article on Twitter that mocked the company’s policies.
“Policies are a guide to action, but the platform is not behind them,” said Joan Donovan, research director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Media, Political, and Public Policy Center. “They are simply reacting to public pressure and will be more susceptible to politicians for some time to come.”
A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the company would allow sharing of links as the information spread throughout the Internet and was no longer considered private. He declined further comments.
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, said: “A meaningful event in the world has changed some of our policies, but not our principles.
This is a developing story and will be updated.