“These materials may have been obtained through hacking,” he writes. chirp Link to a report from the independent news outlet The Grayzone.
The leaked files demonstrate the role of Reuters and the BBC in secret British Foreign Office programs to influence “attitude change” and “weaken the influence of the Russian state”.
– Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) 20 February 2021
The tweet was originally published on February 20. However, three days later users started noticing the tag attached to The Grayzone’s tweet. (The exact time the tag appeared is not yet clear.) Also, readers discovered that an extra step was added when trying to retweet posts linking to The Grayzone’s story: repeating the warning tag and asking users to “go on Twitter is a place for reliable information.”
This seems to be the first Twitter example to use this custom warning tag on an English-language outlet. A search was found on the platform a version of the “attacked material” warning label used. This was marked by a tweet from an Italian outlet about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in January.
“These materials may have been obtained or manipulated through hacking,” says the warning tag earlier in the tweet in Italian.
Mashable reached out to Twitter for more information. New warning label, Twitter’s to block a connection New York Post Story from October 2020 featuring material from a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden. Twitter has been criticized across the political spectrum for the action it took when the story was posted and shared on its platform.
It should be emphasized once again that these warning tags are attached to tweets that share links to news stories based on hacked material, not tweets that share leaked or stolen raw material.
However, some Twitter users, The New York Times story It was based on Cancun leaked text messages from the senator’s wife. Still they Although it appears to fall under Twitter’s own policy of “distribution of hacked material”, no warning tags were placed in the tweets linking to this story.
Twitter also The ability to inform users about false information spread on the platform. While this is a useful service in the middle of all days and The campaigns surrounding the 2020 US presidential election, it’s unclear whether this means “hacked materials”.
The rebutted claims have proven false. However, the same cannot be said directly for “attacked materials”. In fact, some of the most important journalism of the past decade has been done with documents that fall under Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy.
Would the eye-opening “secondary murder” video presented to Wikileaks by Chelsea Manning in 2010 receive a warning label? Would Twitter warn users before retweeting many key pieces of research from NSA spying documents provided by Edward Snowden to many news sources?