Twitter said Thursday that it censored a New York Post article based on emails between Hunter Biden and a Burisma executive in accordance with its “hacked materials policy.”
"In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter," a Twitter spokesperson told National Review when asked why the platform was not allowing users to share the Post's article.
Twitter's Hacked Materials Policy states that it does not “permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets."
Twitter's actions came after Facebook announced it would limit the sharing of the story while fact-checkers reviewed the piece. In a Thursday afternoon statement, the Biden campaign said the paper "never asked . . . about the critical elements of this story," and that a review of "Joe Biden's official schedules from the time" show that "no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place." The Biden campaign did not dispute the veracity of the emails.
The Post published an article Wednesday morning based on emails between Hunter Biden and Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskiy discussing an apparent meeting with Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. The report also mentioned other documents that Rudy Giuliani provided to the Post on Sunday. Giuliani told the paper that his lawyer received the files on a copied hard drive from a Delaware computer shop owner, who discovered them on a laptop that was brought in for repair but was never picked up.
The paper also reported that the FBI subpoenaed the original laptop computer in December 2019. When asked for confirmation by the Post, the FBI referred questions to the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office, where a spokesperson said "my office can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation."