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Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

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Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

The disputed New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, may be a dud, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hit Twitter hard. 

Twitter’s decision Wednesday to prevent users from tweeting and direct messaging the URL to a controversial story about the former vice president’s son forced an apparent reckoning at the social media giant. As the United States barrels toward a presidential election that’s just over two weeks away, Twitter announced Thursday evening that it’s overhauling its existing policy governing the sharing of hacked materials. 

The big takeaway? Twitter will no long outright block the sharing of links to hacked data — with some pretty important caveats. It will also not immediately pull down hacked material from the platform. Again, with some major provisos.  Read more…

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Police urge people to stop sharing that Christchurch shooter video online

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In a clear act of terror, multiple people have died after gunmen opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

New Zealand Police said four suspects are in custody, and that the situation is ongoing.

The city is in lockdown, and the incident has already been described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

It’s also been reported that one of the attacks was live streamed online on YouTube and Facebook, although the original videos have been since taken down. Clips of the disturbing attack continue to be shared online, and inexplicably, broadcast by news outlets.  Read more…

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