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Twitter misinformation crackdown backer pushed ban on Hunter Biden laptop story


From WWW.WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM

A man promoting Twitter’s new “crisis misinformation” policy has a history of promoting misinformation himself.

Twitter Head of Safety and Integrity Yoel Roth unveiled a new crisis misinformation policy for the Big Tech company on Thursday that will regulate what content is allowed during international crises, shootings, and natural disasters. However, Roth’s history of handling misinformation, particularly his efforts to quash a New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop, may conflict with his goals.

Roth operated as the social network’s head of site integrity in 2020, when Twitter decided to restrict the sharing of a New York Post article about the laptop belonging to the president’s son. Twitter enforced the restriction based on “rumors” from the intelligence community alleging that Biden would be the target of a hack, Roth said during a September 2021 hearing before the Federal Election Commission. While many outlets initially alleged the story was false, reporting in March of this year eventually confirmed the claim.

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