White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday regained control of her personal Twitter account — but only after acceding to the platform’s demand that she delete a link to The Post’s Wednesday cover story describing emails from an alleged Hunter Biden hard drive.
“All Twitter did was succeed in drawing more attention to the Biden corruption — well done! I will now tweet more about Biden than ever before,” McEnany tweeted to her 1 million followers.
“I’m FIRED UP! Twitter, meanwhile, can continue doing Joe Biden’s bidding with propaganda like this,” said added, with a screenshot of a Twitter trending topic that claimed Biden “did not push out” a Ukrainian prosecutors whose office investigated gas firm Burisma.
Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, is on tape boasting of pushing out the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in 2016 by threatening to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees. What’s in dispute is whether an investigation of Burisma, which paid Hunter Biden a reported $83,000 a month, was active or dormant.
In another tweet Thursday night, McEnany, who was diagnosed 10 days ago with COVID-19, wore a mask while posing with her nearly 11-month-old daughter and a smartphone.
“One day I will explain to her what censorship is and why she had to unjustly delete Mommy’s tweet in order to speak!” McEnany wrote.
McEnany initially vowed to refuse Twitter’s demand that she delete a link to The Post’s article in exchange for regaining her account. But her absence from the platform 19 days from the election sidelined her ability to share overtly political messages.
McEnany, a former Trump campaign spokeswoman, also uses an official government Twitter account using the handle @PressSec, but that account is intended for governmental rather than campaign messaging.
Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday scheduled a hearing Tuesday to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s testimony about the platform’s censorship of The Post’s reporting on Ukraine- and China-related documents from the alleged hard drive.
“This is not some random blog. This is the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton, for heaven’s sake. What’s really at stake here is a free press in this country and I have to say, this is really alarming,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “We’re going to finally have an accounting that’s long overdue. These social media platforms have a dominance in our lives. They’re newspapers, they’re TV stations, radio stations, they’re publishers.”
The Post’s initial censored story Wednesday described an email indicating Hunter Biden introduced his vice president father to an executive at Ukraine energy firm Burisma, despite the elder Biden saying he never discussed his son’s “overseas business dealings” with him.
Twitter also blocked users Thursday from sharing a second-day story from The Post that describes Hunter Biden’s alleged pursuit of a China business deal.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said Wednesday that Facebook was taking action to reduce distribution of the initial Post article so it can be “fact-checked.”
Twitter said, without evidence, that The Post’s articles may violate a “hacked materials” policy and locked down many accounts that shared the initial article.
The alleged Hunter Biden hard drive was shared with The Post by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney to President Trump, after he received it from a Delaware computer repairman. The repairman says he legally accessed the content under an abandonment contract clause when Hunter Biden did not collect a damaged laptop within 90 days.
Hunter Biden has not denied that he provided the laptop to the repair shop and Joe Biden has not definitively ruled out meeting the Burisma executive, with his campaign only saying no such meeting was on his “official schedules.”
Republican lawmakers and Trump on Wednesday cited the article censorship in calls for reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a foundational internet liability shield for sites that host third-party content.
Supporters of reforming Section 230 say tech giants should lose protections if they operate as a publisher rather than as a neutral platform.
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