Facebook and Twitter CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, respectively, will testify before the Senate over the alleged censorship of New York Post publications on Hunter Biden’s emails.
The hearing will take place at the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and other possible vetoes during the 2020 election campaign will also be discussed.
“The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles,” committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement quoted by Fox News.
Graham added that the hearing will also “provide a valuable opportunity to review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election.”
Facebook and Twitter for days now, have faced strong criticism for having tried to stop days ago the dissemination of the New York Post report on the emails taken from a laptop that would belong to Hunter Biden. The documents, which triggered a political scandal, allegedly detailed Biden’s spurious overseas business dealings with contacts in China and Ukraine, among other countries, and involving his father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
In justifying the veto, a Facebook representative—quoted by Fox News—argued that the social network limited the spread of the article until its claims could be verified.
Twitter, meanwhile, blocked the article from being shared in its entirety, saying it was due to its “Hacked Materials Policy.” The social network went one step further and also blocked the account of the New York Post and other users who tried to share the report, until the respective posts were deleted.
In the face of the barrage of criticism that both platforms received, Dorsey later acknowledged that Twitter had mishandled the situation, calling the decision to block the article “unacceptable” without providing a clear context for why the action was taken, Fox News said.
Earlier this week, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee warned that Zuckerberg and Dorsey would be subpoenaed if they did not agree to testify voluntarily. Eventually, both CEOs decided to pursue the latter option.
Meanwhile, the FBI reported that not only is it already in possession of Hunter’s laptop hard drive, but it also denied that the leaked emails are part of a “Russian disinformation campaign,” as the Democrats put it.
According to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the hard drive from the controversial laptop was obtained from the owner of a Delaware computer repair shop, who would also have given a copy to the FBI.
According to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, the hard drive contains some 40,000 emails, thousands of text messages, photographs, and videos from Hunter in “very compromising positions.”
The Delaware computer shop owner said he copied data from Hunter Biden’s laptop after the former vice president’s son turned it in for repair. According to Costello, he gave a copy of the documents and images to the FBI in December 2019 after seeing the disturbing content on it.
Also, from the copy that Giuliani received, the former mayor gave a part of those documents to the New York Post and it disseminated some of the material, including images and videos showing sexual acts and heavy drug use.
The former mayor of New York assured during an interview on the program “Fox & Friends,” that the “confidential information” and the photos on the hard drive are “disgusting” and that “shock the hell out of you.”
“They reveal federal crimes, they reveal disgusting sexual behavior, and then they reveal sexual behavior, and then they reveal numerous times where he was totally gone on crack, which means he spent most of the last five years on crack, and who would pay this man $2 much less $10 million if is he a crack addict?” he wondered.
A recent Fox News report verified with one of the recipients of these emails that Hunter Biden and his father, Joe Biden, received $20 million and $10 million respectively from CEFC China Energy Co. a financial services and oil and gas company.