Apparently, social media elitists know that if President Trump wins (when he wins) their platforms will not enjoy the protections they’ve had under ‘free speech’ public claims… so they’ve gone the whole hog and started to censor actual facts.
Yesterday, the New York Post broke the story of Hunter Biden’s emails, which prove Joe Biden is a liar and the family is corrupt.
So, social media acted as fast as possible. Blocking the story and shutting down high profile accounts that had shared it.
Both Twitter and Facebook took extraordinary censorship measures against The Post on Wednesday over its exposés about Hunter Biden’s emails — with Twitter baselessly charging that “hacked materials” were used.
The suppression effort came despite presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign merely denying that he had anything on his “official schedules” about meeting a Ukrainian energy executive in 2015 — along with zero claims that his son’s computer had been hacked.
The Post’s primary Twitter account was locked as of 2:20 p.m. Wednesday because its articles about the messages obtained from Biden’s laptop broke the social network’s rules against “distribution of hacked material,” according to an email The Post received from Twitter.
Twitter also blocked users from sharing the link to The Post article indicating that Hunter Biden introduced Joe Biden to the Ukrainian businessman, calling the link “potentially harmful.”
“In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Post in a statement.
The company said it took the step because of the lack of authoritative reporting on where the materials included in The Post’s story originated.
In a lengthier statement Wednesday night, the social media company said articles in The Post exposé, “include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules.”
They reiterated the baseless claim that the story relied on hacked material, but added that “commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves, aren’t a violation of this policy.”
“Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves,” the statement says.
Users who clicked the link on Twitter were shown an alert warning them that the webpage may be “unsafe” and could contain content that would break Twitter’s rules if it were shared directly on the platform.
The extraordinary move came after Facebook said it would limit the spread of The Post’s story on its own platform. The social network added that the story would be eligible for review by independent fact-checkers.
US Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) fired off a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday demanding answers about why the platform “censored” The Post’s reporting.
“The seemingly selective nature of this public intervention suggests partiality on the part of Facebook,” Hawley wrote. “And your efforts to suppress the distribution of content revealing potentially unethical activity by a candidate for president raises a number of additional questions, to which I expect responses immediately.”
Hawley later sent a similar letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, blasting the company for what he said was “an unusual intervention that is not universally applied to all content.”
The senator demanded to know how Twitter had determined that The Post’s story was violating its policy on hacked materials and why the company had taken the “unprecedented action” to lock the news org’s account.
“I ask that you immediately answer these questions and provide the necessary justifications so that your users can feel confident that you are not seeking to influence the outcome of the presidential election with your content removal decisions,” Hawley wrote.
Everyone knew it would eventually happen and today is the day. In an effort to influence the 2020 U.S. election, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and the social media technocrats have crossed the Rubicon today and banned all sharing of the explosive information about Hunter and Joe Biden’s self-serving deals with Ukraine.
In an effort to stop evidence from surfacing showing candidate Joe Biden lied about his involvement with corrupt Ukraine business deals, Facebook and Twitter have openly deployed their activist technicians to generate algorithms blocking content sharing of The New York Post article(s).
Additionally all users, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany are being removed from all platforms for sharing the story.
The New York Post responds:
So much for Facebook’s claims to be a neutral platform: One of its top execs just put the social media giant firmly in the pro-Biden camp. And Twitter soon followed suit.
Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications manager, boasted about burying The Post’s story on proof that Hunter Biden merchandized access to his dad.
Stone’s tweet Wednesday morning: “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.”
Within hours, Twitter was preventing users from tweeting out the story — with a high-tech trick that let you seem to post it, only to send your tweet into some holding-tank limbo. Its excuse was the supposed “lack of authoritative reporting on the origins of the materials included in the article,” which might — might! — violate its “Hacked Materials Policy.” That The Post made it very clear how the information ended up in the newspaper’s possession didn’t matter. (read more)
This is the moment when the event horizon is crossed. This is the moment when Big Tech goes all-in to influence the election. This is the moment of no retreat for those who own and operate the social media platforms. If they lose the 2020 election, the social media platforms will be regulated and dismantled…. they know it… and they are all-in.
These entities are worth hundreds of billions, and all of those stakeholders are now exposed to the outcome of the 2020 election. The scale of the financial risk shows how severe this move is… yes, they are all-in. It should also be remembered that former FBI chief-legal-counsel James Baker is now the lead counsel for Facebook.
Remarkably, and reflecting the strength and accuracy of the documentary evidence, according to Politico the Biden campaign is now making a strategic retreat from their previous denials:
[…] In a statement, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said, “we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
[…] Biden’s campaign would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule. But they said any encounter would have been cursory. Pozharskyi did not respond to a request for comment. (read more)
Yet, despite the shift in the Biden campaign statement; which now reflects the accuracy of the New York Post reporting; the tech overlords are still trying to protect their candidate.
BTW: Here’s Joe Biden lying about it:
Now we know this is a lie. Hillary, Obama and now Biden—all proven liars! https://t.co/2uHQw5orNe
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 14, 2020