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Ex-UK Leader 'Involved in Facebook's Decision' to Bury Hunter Biden Scandal

Former British Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg behind move to suppress NY Post story

 on 16th October 2020 @ 12.00pm
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Former British Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg is now on Facebook's payroll

The former British deputy prime minister was "involved in Facebook's decision" to bury the bombshell New York Post story exposing potential corruption involving Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, according to reports.

The ex-UK leader, Sir Nick Clegg, was reportedly one of the company's executives that decided to "reduce the distribution" of the NY Post report that exposed the explosive scandal.

Top Republicans have accused the social media giant of "acting as Joe Biden's PR team" for covering-up the story just days before the US presidential election on November 3.

After leaving the UK government in 2015, Sir Nick is now Facebook's vice-president of global affairs and communications.

The Post story contains leaked emails that suggest then-Vice President Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian businessman - who was paying his son Hunter $50,000 a month - in 2015. 

Months later, VP Biden pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman's energy firm, it claims.

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Sir Nick Clegg was 'involved' in the decision to bury the damaging Biden scandal

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it had started "reducing distribution" of the New York Post's story until their army of third-party "fact-checkers" had vetted it.

Most of Facebook's decisions are made by automatic software - or by moderation staff, The Daily Telegraph reports.

But, for sensitive moderation issues that hold cultural or political significance, Facebook's vice-president of content policy, vice-president of global public policy and then Sir Nick look into the case as it passes up a chain.

Only the most high-profile cases will hit Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or COO Sheryl Sandberg's desks, according to The Daily Mail.

It is not known who had the final say in the distribution of the Joe Biden story and Facebook declined to comment to the newspaper. 

On Thursday, Twitter locked the account of Trump's re-election campaign for posting the Joe Biden Ukraine story - after shutting down the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's account over the same thing.

Conservatives on Thursday said the extraordinary move - taken just 19 days before the election - gives Biden's campaign an unfair advantage.

On Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her account locked over the same thing. 

Trump has now threatened to revoke Twitter and Facebook's Section 230 protections - which shield them from being sued over content posted on their platforms.

Since announcing it started "reducing distribution" of the story, Facebook hasn't given any information about why it took the step, who the fact-checkers are, or when they will allow it to be shared again. 

Twitter followed them, blocking people from posting links to the article online.

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The Hunter Biden scandal is undoubtably damaging Joe Biden's presidential campaign

On Wednesday night, CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for the opaqueness of the decision and said it was "unacceptable" that the company didn't explain themselves sooner.

Despite the apology, the firm continued to shut down accounts that shared the story, including those of high-level government officials.

He stood by blocking it, claiming the article contains "private information" which breaches Twitter's policies. 

Neither Joe nor Hunter has denied the story outright.

Now, many are accusing the two tech companies of playing favorites because no anti-Trump story by a legitimate news organization has ever faced such tough restrictions.   

Facebook and Twitter were accused of "election interference" for throttling the article.

On Thursday, the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter were called on to testify before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism next week over allegations the social media giants are participating in "election interference."

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey have been formally requested by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to explain their companies' actions during a hearing titled "Digital Platforms and Election Interference.”

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