Twitter confirmed it plays by partisan rules when the left’s agenda is threatened by refusing to take down the accounts of several corporate media propagandists who shared personal information from admittedly hacked donor lists on the social media platform.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis is just one of the many people who tried to intimidate Freedom Convoy supporters who donated through GiveSendGo by naming them on his Twitter. He also amplified an article analyzing the hacked material including breaking down who donated to the convoy and where they live. Davis, however, did not face consequences from the tech giant because Twitter said he “hasn’t broken our safety policies.”
The Big Tech company justified subduing circulation of legitimate reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal shortly before the 2020 election by claiming it violated the platform’s hacked materials policy. Twitter said it did not want to play a role in “doxxing,” so it locked the New York Post’s account, blocked users from linking to the article, and then denied any wrongdoing.
“The policy, established in 2018, prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization. We don’t want to incentivize hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials,” Twitter claimed.
Twitter concedes in its own policy that “the use of hacks and hacking to exfiltrate information from private computer systems can be used to manipulate the public conversation, and makes all of us less secure online.” The tweets circulating the donors’ names or private information haven’t been slapped with punishment bans. Instead, the GiveSendGo hack has been lauded and amplified without any consequences.
Twitter’s claim of concern for privacy was clearly a sham. If the Big Tech company really cared about protecting people whose information was exposed through malicious hacks, it would stop the circulation of Freedom Convoy donors’ names.
Instead, anyone who called out Twitter’s hypocrisy and reported accounts that named donors was gaslit with a generic email detailing what content Twitter deems worthy of removal. The hacked materials policy that was used to suppress information pertinent to the 2020 election was not listed.
“Here’s a summary of what isn’t allowed on Twitter, according to our safety policies,” a Twitter support email stated. “Threatening violence against someone or a group of people. Celebrating or praising violence. Harassing someone or encouraging people to harass someone. Wishing harm on someone. Promoting violence, threatening, or harassing people because of their identity (like race or gender). Promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm. Images or videos that show sexual violence and assault. Child sexual exploitation. Threatening or promoting terrorism or violent extremism.”
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.
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