White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was locked out of her personal Twitter account on Wednesday after she shared a New York Post article related to a negative news story of Hunter Biden, former vice president Joe Biden’s son.
“Twitter has locked the personal account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing news Democrats don’t like,” President Donald Trump’s campaign war room posted to Twitter on Wednesday evening, accompanied by a screenshot that showed the press secretary’s efforts to access her account.
According to the image, McEnany’s account was locked because the tech giant determined that her post violated Twitter’s rules against “distribution of hacked material.”
“We don’t permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets,” Twitter said in elaborating on that rule.
The tweet flagged by Twitter read: “**NEW** Email from Ukrainian executive to Hunter Biden asks Hunter to 'use his influence' on behalf of the firm paying him $50K/mo in email with subject 'urgent issue' obtained by @nypost Father @JoeBiden was in charge of Ukraine relations at time.!!”
Using her official government account, McEnany accused both Twitter and Facebook of censorship.
During an appearance on Fox News’s "Hannity" Wednesday evening, McEnany accused Twitter’s administrators of essentially holding her “at gunpoint” by denying her access to her own account.
"It’s not a temporary blockage," McEnany told host Sean Hannity. "When I log on to my Twitter account, it says I'm permanently banned. They essentially have me at gunpoint and said unless you delete this story, a news story by the New York Post, I cannot regain access to my account.”
"This is not the American way," McEnany continued. "This is not how a freedom-loving democracy operates. We have to hold Twitter accountable, and Facebook too, who is banning the transmission of this story because ideologically it hurts the side of the aisle that Silicon Valley prefers.
"It’s sad, it’s censorship. This is not America.”
"This was a news story with emails, pictures of the emails ... even the Biden campaign does not dispute the authenticity of the emails," McEnany told Hannity of the report. "Meanwhile ... the ayatollah of Iran [is] tweeting 'Death to Israel.' This is permitted on Twitter but an email that is reported ... by the New York Post, a credible outlet ... you are not allowed share that information."
“They closed down her account. She’s the White House press secretary. Because she’s reporting the truth, they closed down her account. So let’s see what’s going to happen,” he said.
The NYP’s Twitter account and other users’ accounts were also locked by Twitter after they shared the article—a move which the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey himself branded as “unacceptable.”
The outlet's account became inactive in the afternoon and continues to be inactive into the evening late Wednesday.
“Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter late Wednesday.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) promptly responded to Dorsey’s Twitter post, calling Dorsey’s announcement “a joke” and “downright insulting.”
“.@Twitter@jack this is not nearly good enough. In fact, it’s a joke. It’s downright insulting,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will ask you – and @Facebook- to give an explanation UNDER OATH to the Senate subcommittee I chair. These are potential violations of election law, and that’s a crime.”
“This is outrageous,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter. “@Twitter and Big Tech companies are trying to rig this election for Joe Biden and the Democrats."
“They don’t want the American people to know the truth!”
Twitter “is out of control with protection of Joe Biden,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote.
“If the story were about Trump, you know they’d let it go,” Murtaugh added.