Biden Campaign Praises Twitter for Censoring Hunter Biden Story
Platform praised for taking responsibility to limit misinformation.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign's national press secretary claimed Twitter’s decision to ban the explosive New York Post article on the former Vice President's alleged corruption with his son Hunter Biden is 'proof' it is not true.
Jamal Brown told the media outlet Cheddar;
“I think Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that they purported allegations are false, and they’re not true and glad to see social media companies like Twitter taking responsibility to limit misinformation."
Biden campaign National Press Secretary @JTOBrown responds to Twitter’s decision to block a New York Post story about Hunter Biden.— Cheddar🧀 (@cheddar) October 15, 2020
“Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that these purported allegations are false.” #CheddarLive pic.twitter.com/PdPEkMZ85p
Twitter itself did not claim the story was false, only objecting to the manner in which it was obtained.
But this isn't Alex Jones, The New York Post is owned by News Corp and parent company to Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.
According to the email, obtained by the Post:
“Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company."
“The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.”
Twitter later scrambled to explain why it banned the Post stories from its platform.
The social media platform pointed to its 2018 policy that prohibits the distribution of content “obtained without authorization,” and that might include “possibly illegally obtained materials.”
“The images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules,” it said.
“As noted this morning, we also currently view materials included in the articles as violations of our Hacked Materials Policy.”
Facebook also responded first by limiting the reach of the bombshell story:
"While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted on Wednesday - hours after the story broke but mysteriously failed to go viral.
Less than 24 hours after the news broke of Twitters' censorship of The Post, Twitter locked out the official Trump campaign account, @TeamTrump, citing the same policy.
Social media manager for Team Trump, Mike Hahn, revealed the censorship in a tweet earlier today.
“Twitter has suspended TeamTrump for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the @nypost article,” said Hahn.
He added the suspension comes “19 days out from the election.”
Twitter has suspended @TeamTrump for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the @nypost article.— Mike Hahn (@mikehahn_) October 15, 2020
19 days out from the election. pic.twitter.com/Z9FFzridyr
Facebook and Twitter CEOs have since been called to testify before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism next week over allegations of "election interference."
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey were 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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