‘Twitter files’ Show Biden Campaign Asks Site to Remove Hunter Nude Photos
- Emails from within Twitter showed that the Biden campaign requested that posts be removed.
- Some posts contained nude photos of Hunter Biden, which were shared without his consent.
- These posts were against Twitter’s non-consensual nudity policy.
The “The Newly Published”Twitter Files“Toted as a bombshellReport revealing the inner workings and content moderation practices of the platform, revealed that the 2020 Biden presidential campaign requested Twitter to remove any posts that were already in violation its revenge porn policy.
Matt Taibbi is a journalist and writes the substack newsletter TK News. He published his Friday article a thread of tweetsThis document contains internal communications from Twitter officials, indicating that they had been asked by Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign for review of tweets posted to the platform. The posts were then removed.
“Handled them,” an unnamed Twitter executive wrote an email in response five links shared by another Twitter employee.
Below are links to five tweets that have been deleted. shared in a screenshotTaibbi said that four of the available archives were online. All four archives had nude photos and videos of President Barack Obama’s son, which were made available online after he was hacked. allegedly left his laptop at a Delaware repair shop.
The removal has been seized upon by critics as evidence of the social media platform’s bias in favor of Democratic politicians — and owner Elon Musk went so far as to call them a violation of the First Amendment — but the tweets contained no political content at all and instead depicted pictures and videos of Hunter Biden that had been circulated without his consent.
Twitter’s non-consensual nudity policy“Images and videos taken in an intimate setting that are not intended to be shared publicly” is specifically prohibited. California law, where Twitter is located, also prohibits the sharing of such imagery. illegal.
Musk stated that “Twitter acting alone to suppress free expression is not a violation of the 1st Amendment,” but that it was acting under orders from government officials to suppress free expression, without any judicial review. tweetedResponding to readers who felt that the request by the Biden campaign was in violation of the First Amendment.
Legal experts quickly pointed out that any 2020 Biden campaign representatives were not acting in any official government capacity, as they weren’t yet government officials, and that they were asking for illegal posts to be removed, so the contentious issue was not related to the constitution.
Alejandra Caraballo is a Harvard Law School clinical instructor in Cyberlaw Clinic. She stated that the First Amendment does not apply to the government for the millionth time. tweetedIn response to Musk. Musk replied: “Biden was a private person and his campaign was not the government. These links took you to nude Hunter Biden pictures. This is revenge porn, and is illegal in many states.
Musk, Taibbi, and representatives for Twitter and the Biden administration did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
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