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Twitter Alters Policy On Hacked Content After Blocked Biden Story

The social media behemoth - used by hundreds of millions worldwide - said late Thursday it would in future only block stolen information which was posted directly by hackers, and label any other information of questionable provenance.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee is moving to subpoena Twitter's Chief Executive Jack Dorsey after the social media platform chose to block stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son.

President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee announced a joint fundraising haul of $247.8 million in the month of September - up from the $210 million the GOP raised in August, but far behind the massive total raised by former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrats in the final stretch of the campaign.

And Twitter policy chief Vijaya Gadde announced late on Thursday the company has chose to make changes to its hacked materials policy following feedback, saying quote: "We will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter".

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"Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy to fix", tweeted Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, on Thursday evening.

"After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it", Gadde said on her account. The focus of that hearing would be on election interference and whether social media companies violated campaign finance law by suppressing the articles critical of Biden.

That Trump is a famously prolific and unfiltered user of Twitter - boasting more than 87 million followers - makes things even more complicated for the platform.

"The tweet for which McEnany was purportedly locked out read, "**NEW** Email from Ukrainian executive to Hunter Biden asks Hunter to "use his influence" on behalf of the firm paying him $50k/mo in email with subject "urgent issue" obtained by @nypost Father @JoeBiden was in charge of Ukraine relations at time!"

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The newspaper claimed that the former vice-president, who was in charge of U.S. policy toward Ukraine, took actions to help his son, who in 2014-2017 sat on the board of controversial Ukraine energy company Burisma.

But the newspaper's source for the information raised questions.

It cited records on a drive allegedly copied from a computer said to have been abandoned by Hunter Biden, that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave to the Post.

It also claimed Joe Biden had met with one of the company's advisers. When the Post's story appeared on Wednesday, Twitter put a warning on any post that included a link to the article that said "this link may be unsafe". Nevertheless, the Post reported that the existence of such a meeting undercut Biden's long-held assertions that he had no involvement with his son's business dealings.

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