by Penka Arsova
Twitter restricted a recent New York Post story about Joe Biden and his son and then cracked down on accounts that shared the report.
How we got here: Facebook said it will slow down the spread of the story until its fact-checkers confirm its authenticity and Twitter cited its policy against sharing hacked materials.
“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted Wednesday. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
“In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter,” a spokesperson for Twitter said in a statement. The platform later said the story violated its privacy rules as well because “images contained in the articles include personal and private information.”