Twitter came under fire this week for its steps to limit the reach of a news story critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, even going as far as to temporarily lock some users out of their accounts for sharing posts related to the latest allegations — and they didn’t shy away from high-profile targets.
According to Breitbart, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s Twitter account was locked on Wednesday after she shared the controversial article.
“An opportunity to meet your father”
The move by Twitter stems from the bombshell allegations contained in a New York Post article that cites leaked emails to and from Biden’s son, Hunter.
Despite no clear evidence that doing so violated Twitter’s rules, McEnany and others were locked out for a period of time after posting tweets that linked to the article.
The crux of the Post article is the claim that the former vice president was more intimately aware and involved in his son’s dubious international financial deals than he has thus far acknowledged.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” wrote Vadym Pozharskyi, a top executive at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, in a 2015 email, according to the Post.
The leaked emails were reportedly released by a computer repairman in Delaware, who found them on the hard drive of a discarded laptop that belonged to the younger Biden.
“For sharing news Democrats don’t like”
So far, Joe Biden has been able to skirt the issue of his son’s lucrative seat on the board of Burisma, which had been investigated on allegations of corruption, while he served as the Obama administration’s Ukrainian adviser.
Although the latest development adds credence to the speculation that the elder Biden was involved to some extent in the foreign business deals, Twitter — and to a lesser extent, Facebook — saw fit to limit users’ access to that information.
When news broke that prominent figures like McEnany had been affected, however, the backlash was swift and severe.
The Trump 2020 campaign’s official Twitter account used the platform itself to voice extreme disapproval.
BREAKING: Twitter has locked the personal account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing news Democrats don’t like. pic.twitter.com/eR8HhkgqVY
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 14, 2020