witter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized on Wednesday night after the social media giant faced backlash over its decision to block links to a story which claims Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian businessman while he was Vice President.
It came just an hour after President Donald Trump threatened to remove the US legal protections that exempts the likes of Twitter and Facebook from liability for the material users post on their networks.
Trump called for the law, known as Section 230, to be repealed as he blasted the social media giants as ‘terrible’ for ‘reducing circulation’ of a New York Post article which published the claims about his rival Biden earlier in the day.
Dorsey’s tweet that his company’s actions had been ‘unacceptable’ also came after it locked the personal account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing information on the article earlier in the day.
The Post story says that the former Vice President met with Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi, as associate of his son Hunter, months before Biden would pressure Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Pozharskyi’s firm.
Facebook and Twitter were accused of ‘election interference’ for throttling the article, after they claimed it needed to be independently verified by fact-checkers before it could be shared on their platforms.
‘So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost,’ Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.
‘It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!’ he added, threatening the protections law.
Twitter now look to have stepped back from their actions, however, with Dorsey on Wednesday night accepting the company may have been wrong.
‘Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great,’ he tweeted.
‘And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.’