(PresidentialInsider.com)- Left-wing social media giants Facebook and Twitter limited the reach of stories about Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday.
Facebook and Twitter have stopped people posting links to a New York Post story about the son of the former vice president, with a spokesman for Facebook saying on Twitter that they are “reducing” distribution while they fact check the 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. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 14, 2020
The new censorship efforts at the notoriously anti-free-speech social media platforms come as leaked emails show how the son of the former vice president communicated with business partners about how he could leverage his father’s position for business deals. Other emails also show how Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, thanked Hunter Biden for introducing him to his father, the then-vice president.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” the email reads.
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— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) October 14, 2020
Despite Senator Ron Johnson having announced on Wednesday that the evidence was already the focus of an investigation, Twitter took the radical action of locking the New York Post out of its official Twitter account.
The Post’s primary Twitter account (@nypost) has also been locked because the Hunter Biden stories violate its rules against “distribution of hacked material,” per email we received from Twitter https://t.co/wbeYd6c3CA
— Noah Manskar (@noahmanskar) October 14, 2020
Twitter users were also banned from sharing the link to the original New York Post story, either on their public feed or in direct messages to other users.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley criticized Facebook for its decision to reduce the spread of the story in a letter to the social media giant’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“Is it your normal policy to reduce the distribution of stories on your platform before they have been fact checked?” he asked. “If so, what is your specific policy and where is such policy stated?”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 14, 2020
In a Tweet, he also said these actions make him think that Big Tech “wants to buy this election.”