White House press secretary locked out of Twitter for sharing Hunter Biden story
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday was locked out of her personal Twitter account for sharing The New York Post’s cover story on Hunter Biden’s apparent computer and an email linking Joe Biden to his son’s job at a Ukrainian energy company.
“Your account has been locked,” a message from the social media network informed McEnany, whose account has more than a million followers.
“We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules,” the network said, highlighting her prior tweet with a link to The Post’s article.
Twitter said McEnany — who shared a screenshot with The Post — violated “our rules against distribution of hacked material.”
McEnany told The Post she will not comply with Twitter’s request that she delete her tweet to restore access to her account.
“This is a story reported by the New York Post and Fox News with the Biden campaign notably not disputing the authenticity of the emails,” McEnany said. “I will not comply with censoring reporting that may not fit the ideology of Silicon Valley. This is abominable and not the American way.”
Twitter on Wednesday blocked users from sharing The Post’s link to the story, which describes an alleged 2015 email from Burisma energy executive Vadym Pozharskyi thanking Hunter Biden for “giving an opportunity to meet your father.”
Biden, who led the Obama administration Ukraine policy, claimed last year, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” including his reported $83,000 monthly pay on Burisma’s board.
Twitter said Wednesday it prevented users from tweeting or direct-messaging a link to the article because it violated a ban on distributing hacked material, the same reason it locked McEnany’s account.
The alleged Hunter Biden hard drive was given to The Post by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney to 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.
Facebook, meanwhile, said it was taking unspecified steps to limit distribution of The Post’s article pending “fact-checking.”
Other prominent Twitter accounts who have shared The Post’s story have also been locked out of their accounts, including Jack Prosobiec, who has one million followers.
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