Update (2000ET): Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all day, you’ll know that Twitter and Facebook have been escalating their censorship of a shocking New York Post story showing emails (to and from Hunter Biden) that clearly contradict Joe Biden’s claims that he never discussed business with his son.
The authenticity of the contents of the emails was not denied by the Biden campaign and furthermore, the possibility of an off-the-books meeting between the VP and the Ukrainian executive was not denied:
Several GOP lawmakers got officially ‘involved’, including Rep Jim Jordan, who issued his own letter to Facebook demanding an explanation for why it decided to censor the Hunter Biden story.
Facebook reiterated its warning that that the U.S.’s foreign adversaries, including Russia, might seek to trick journalists into amplifying hacked or inaccurate content they want to spread ahead of an election.
Then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey offered his comment, rapidly backpedaling on the actions his firm had taken:https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Which sounded somewhat genuine, until the company attempted to provide “much needed clarity” about its decision.
The company then tried to cover its action by laying out a step-by-step explanation of how the story violated its terms of service. Notably, many of the examples it offered are routinely exhibited in news stories of all kinds.
The main offense that it’s leaning on: publishing personal photos without the explicit permission of the subject.
News media have long respected the privacy of private individuals, but when it comes to public figures, all bets are off. At least that’s what many reporters are taught in journalism school.
Now, as we wait to learn more about Facebook’s thought process, will Zuckerberg personally weigh in?
When will this be stopped? As Tucker Carlson said tonight: “Soon we’re going to do a show where we just read the names of all the Republicans…who refused to lift a finger to save you from what you correctly described as this grave moment in American history.
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