Earlier this week, Twitter was flagging links to articles by the news and commentary outlet The Federalist as “violent or misleading content that could lead to real-world harm.” The social media giant later claimed the flagging was a mistake.
The Federalist’s CEO announced the censorship via Twitter on Wednesday. He said some of the stories that were flagged covered Hunter Biden, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, and even a specialized style of pottery called majolica art.
The tweet contained a screenshot of the warning from Twitter. The links were being flagged because they could contain “violent or misleading content that could lead to real-world harm,” “malicious links that could steal personal information or harm electronic devices,” or “spammy links that mislead people or disrupt their experience.”
Twitter claims the censorship was a mistake.
“The URLs referenced were mistakenly marked under our unsafe links policy — this action has been reversed,” a Twitter representative said.
Twitter was recently found to also be blocking links to the UK’s Daily Mail for a story that questioned COVID death statistics.