House Judiciary Committee Goes After Zuckerberg for Burying Hunter Biden Laptop Story…
GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee are launching an investigation into Facebook and Twitter’s efforts to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story leading up to the 2020 election. Ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) spoke with Fox News about Big Tech-Mainstream Media collusion, the investigation, and more.
“Shortly before the 2020 election, Facebook suppressed an explosive New York Post article detailing how Hunter Biden used the position and influence of his father, now-President Biden, for personal gain, with the apparent awareness of President Biden,” reads a GOP letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Although the Post article concerned a topic of importance to many voters in the run-up to the election, Facebook still censored it.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 31, 2022
In the days after the story broke, Facebook’s Policy Communications Director Andy Stone announced the platform would be “reducing [the story’s] distribution” on its site. “This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation,” Stone said in a follow-up tweet.
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
House Republicans also sent a letter to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, in which they charged the company with throttling the story by blocking users from sharing it on the platform, suspending the New York Post’s account and labeling the material “unsafe” for users.
Although the Post explained exactly how it obtained the emails on which it reported, Twitter still suppressed the article – going so far as to lock the Post’s account and the account of any user who tried sharing the article.”
“It appears Twitter knowingly and deliberately used its platform to control election related-information,” House Republican’s said in their letter to Agrawal. “Twitter’s actions helped shield Vice President Biden from increased scrutiny about the impropriety detailed in the Post article,” the letter continues. “In addition, Twitter’s actions gave rise to other news outlets, tech platforms, and even Biden himself dismissing the Post story as disinformation.
As part of their investigation, House Republicans are requesting a litany of documents related to Facebook and Twitter’s suppression of the New York Post’s reporting, including internal and external company communications, as well as documentation identifying which employees at the respective companies made the decisions to reduce the dissemination of the New York Post’s reporting.