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Twitter has had a busy week — perhaps even busier than when a colossal hack took over the site this past summer.

On Wednesday, the New York Post, owned by Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, published a dubious report purporting to show evidence that Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, was in cahoots with a Ukrainian official. You can read a digestible timeline of the erratic series of events spelled out in the article here. (The FBI is now investigating whether the emails were part of a foreign intelligence operation.) 

Though the story was riddled with holes, Republicans swiftly latched onto it as affirmation of conspiracy theories they’ve long pedaled involving the Biden family and Ukraine. The publication also faced criticism from some who feared the story was designed to spread disinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

As users began to share the story on Twitter, the company responded by banning the URL from being tweeted, therefore limiting how many people could read it, without offering an explanation as to why. The company locked the Trump campaign’s official Twitter account, @TeamTrump, after it referred to the NY Post story. …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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