Twitter doesn’t have a “censoring division” that blocked The Submit from tweeting final fall, CEO Jack Dorsey stated Thursday — but he wouldn’t reveal who was liable for the blunder.
At a congressional listening to on misinformation and social media, Dorsey stated Twitter made a “complete mistake” by barring customers from sharing The Post’s bombshell October report about Hunter Biden’s emails.
Twitter additionally locked The Submit out of its account for greater than two weeks over baseless expenses that the exposé used hacked info — a choice Dorsey chalked as much as a “course of error.”
“It was actually only a course of error. This was not in opposition to them in any specific approach,” Dorsey advised the Home Power and Commerce Committee.
“If we take away a violation we require folks to appropriate it,” he added. “We modified that primarily based on their to eager to delete that tweet, which I utterly agree with. I see it. But it is one thing we study.”
But Dorsey dodged a query from Rep. Steve Scalise about who determined to freeze the 200-year-old newspaper’s account.
Twitter demanded The Submit delete six tweets that linked to tales primarily based on recordsdata from the deserted laptop computer of President Biden’s son. Twitter backed down after the paper refused to take away the posts — a improvement The Submit celebrated on its Oct. 31 entrance web page with the headline “FREE BIRD!”
“Their whole account to be blocked for 2 weeks by a mistake looks like a extremely large mistake,” Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, advised Dorsey. “Was anybody held accountable in your censoring division for that mistake?”
“Properly, we don’t have a censoring division,” the bearded and newly bald-headed tech exec replied.
When Scalise interjected to ask who made the choice “to dam their account for 2 weeks,” Dorsey claimed, “We didn’t block their account for 2 weeks.”
“We required them to delete the tweet after which they may tweet it once more,” he stated. “They didn’t take that motion, so we corrected it for them.”
Scalise in contrast Twitter’s response to The Post’s tales with a Jan. 9 Washington Submit article that claimed then-President Donald Trump urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “discover the fraud” within the state’s presidential vote and that she’d be a “nationwide hero” if she did.
The paper issued a prolonged correction to the story this month revealing that Trump by no means used these phrases, although he did say the official would discover “dishonesty” and that she had “an important job within the nation proper now.”
“There are tweets right this moment … that also mischaracterize it even in a approach the place the Washington Submit admitted it’s mistaken, but these mischaracterizations can nonetheless be retweeted,” Scalise advised Dorsey. “Will you handle that and begin taking these right down to mirror what even the Washington Submit themselves has admitted is fake info?”
Dorsey wouldn’t reply affirmatively both approach: “Our deceptive info insurance policies are centered on manipulated media, public well being and civic integrity,” he stated. “That’s it.”