Twitter bans Trump campaign account for attack on Joe Biden

Twitter bans Trump campaign account for attack on Joe Biden
Twitter bans Trump campaign account for attack on Joe Biden

Donald ’s re-election campaign has accused Twitter of censoring its content after the social media giant temporarily suspended its official account overnight.

The campaign released a video containing a series of quotes from the President’s opponent, Joe Biden, in which the Democrat claimed that as Vice President he had no simultaneous knowledge of his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.

Highlighted excerpts from a have been contrasted with these quotations New York Post The article published yesterday reported that Hunter had actually introduced his father to a top manager at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, on whose board he was at the time.

The title of the video described Mr. Biden as “a liar who’s been tearing our country down for years”.

Twitter took it down and banned the Trump campaign account. The campaign’s social media manager, Mike Hahn, then posted a screenshot of a message from the company saying the post “violated our rules on posting private information.”

The account has since been unlocked and the video in question has been republished. You can see it here.


There is a lot to unpack in the allegations against Mr Biden. We will come back to this shortly.

First, let’s cover the backlash from the president and his supporters on Twitter and other social media outlets.

The Trump campaign’s brief account suspension today was not an isolated incident. 24 hours ago, social media companies stepped in to stop Die Post original story of widespread.

For example, Twitter banned the accounts of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and One America News Network host Jack Posobiec when they linked to the article.

CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that the company hadn’t adequately explained why it stepped in.

“We want to provide the much needed clarity about the actions we are taking,” Twitter said in a statement.

“The images in the article contained personal and private information – such as emails and phone numbers – that violated our rules.

“We also currently consider materials contained in the articles to be a violation of our Hacked Materials Policy.

“The policy prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without permission. We do not want to encourage hacking by letting Twitter be used as a distributor for material that may be obtained illegally.

“We know that we have more to do to create clarity in our product when we enforce our rules in this way.”

This statement did not satisfy Twitter’s critics, who accused them of meddling in order to politically aid Mr Biden.

“It’s gotten out of hand. And it’s like a third arm – maybe a first arm – of the DNC (Democratic National Committee), ”Trump told Fox Business himself today.

“Twitter, , they are all – really, it’s a massive campaign post. This is a third arm of DNC, the radical left movement.

“Joe Biden is a totally corrupt politician. He was all his life.

“Hey, Hunter was a disaster. Hunter didn’t have a job. Hunter was kicked out of the military. You know why he was kicked out, OK? He was kicked out of the military, had no job, had nothing, his father becomes vice president, and then Hunter begins making millions and millions of dollars a year. And the father gets some of it too, OK? You check it out.

“Do a Mueller investigation with him. On the first day, 24 hours, they would find out. ”

Over on Newsmax

Section 230 of Communication decency law, which protects social media companies from litigation over content generated by their users.

It also gives businesses the option to review content for a variety of reasons.

“No provider or user of any interactive computer service will be liable for any action taken voluntarily in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user deems obscene, indecent, lascivious, dirty, and excessively violent and harassing or otherwise objectionable, regardless of whether or not such material is constitutionally protected, ”states the relevant part of the law.

Mr Trump repeated the proposal at a rally in North Carolina.

“If Big Tech continues to coordinate with the mainstream media, we must immediately remove their Section 230 protection. OK? It’s very easy, ”he said.

“You have received full protection. They don’t get sued, they don’t get anything. You are totally protected. So the government gave that. That takes away that little feeling, “Oh man, we can’t talk to them about freedom of the press.” No, we’re going to take their section 230 away unless they educate. ”

Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, have demanded that Mr. Dorsey and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appear at a Senate committee hearing on “digital platforms and electoral disruption” sometime before the November 3rd election.

“As your company is undoubtedly aware, companies are prohibited from making financial or any other valuable contribution to support the election of candidates for public office,” Senator Josh Hawley wrote in a letter to Mr. Dorsey.

“This hearing will consider possible campaign law violations resulting from your company’s decision on October 14 to support Joe Biden’s presidential campaign by applying the Terms of Use asymmetrically and restricting the spread of a New York Post Article, as well as suspending the official report on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for discussion of this story. ”

Mr. Hawley’s Senate colleague Deb Fischer said Twitter’s actions were “ridiculous and unacceptable”.


What exactly was in the article that sparked all this resentment? Die Post The opening line sums it up pretty briefly.

“Hunter Biden introduced his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, a senior executive at a Ukrainian energy company, less than a year before the elderly Biden pressured Ukraine government official to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company,” wrote the Newspaper.

It was said to have received emails from the Burisma official in question, Vadym Pozharskyi.

In one of them, broadcast in 2015, Mr. Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for giving me the opportunity to meet your father and spend some time together.

A previous email in 2014 indicated that he had “asked Hunter for advice on how to use your influence” on behalf of Burisma.

According to Die PostThe emails ended up in the possession of Mr. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who has privately investigated Hunter Biden for years after someone took a computer with a sticker for the Beau Biden Foundation to a repair shop in Delaware and never paid for it .

The repair shop owner is said to have copied the computer’s hard drive and, together with the FBI, handed it over to Mr. Giuiliani’s lawyer.

The article sparked an angry response from the Biden campaign in which there was no record of a meeting between Mr Biden and Mr Pozharskyi.

That being said, there is a more fundamental problem with the allegation against the Democratic candidate.

Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani have long argued that Mr Biden pressured Ukraine to fire their Attorney General Viktor Shokin in 2016 for investigating Burisma.

In fact, Mr. Shokin did not examine Burisma. Mr Biden urged Ukraine to get rid of him at the direction of then-President Barack Obama and with the assistance of other European nations who believed the prosecutor did too little Fight corruption.

“Shokin didn’t investigate. He did not want to investigate Burisma, ”said Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Action Center Die Washington Post back in July.

“And Shokin was not released because he wanted to conduct this examination, on the contrary, because he did not pass this examination.”

In summary, Mr Trump believes that Mr Shokin was fired from an investigation into a company affiliated with Joe Biden’s son when he was actually fired based on an international consensus that he was bad at his job and failed to crack down on corruption.

Mr Trump and Mr Biden are both hosting town hall events today in the time slot that would have been used for the second presidential debate had it not been canceled.

The Hunter Biden problem and social media company behavior are likely to show up at some point.

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