The arbitrary censorship by social networks Facebook and Twitter, that limited the spread of the scandalous news about the possible collaboration of the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, with his son Hunter in business in Ukraine, cause concern among Americans.
With less than three weeks to go before the critical day of what could be a ‘shaky’ election, the censorship of social networks is being described as electoral interference, which would be covering up the actions that Joe Biden had already denied.
The war room account of U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign accused Facebook of election interference in a tweet referring to the Facebook spokesman’s announcement.
“This is a Facebook employee. Facebook is actively interfering with the election. Facebook is rigging the election for Joe Biden,” wrote the Trump campaign.
This is a Facebook employee.
Facebook is actively interfering in the election.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 14, 2020
On Twitter, the Trump War Room forwarded the tweet in which Facebook spokesman and former Democratic employee Andy Stone announced that he would reduce the spread of the news about the Biden and alerted Facebook fact-checkers.
“While I will not intentionally link to the New York Post, I want to make it clear that this story is eligible for verification by Facebook’s fact-checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” Stone wrote.
Even more striking is the fact that Facebook censored the release of the story before its verifiers passed on the alert, as Facebook’s system is supposed to do.
For Donald Trump Jr., Facebook’s action was also an act of direct election interference and a way to cover up for Joe Biden.
“This is a direct election interference from Facebook, being announced by his communicator, who touts numerous past jobs with Democrats in his biography,” said Donald Trump Jr. Adding, “Big Tech is openly trying to rig this election for Biden and should be held accountable immediately.”
This is straight-up election interference by @Facebook, being announced by their comms person who touts in his bio numerous past jobs with Dems. Big Tech is openly trying to rig this election for Biden & should be held accountable immediately. @FCC @senjudiciary @SenateCommerce https://t.co/NO2eG6D6K0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 14, 2020
Then Twitter followed Facebook’s example, blocking links to the New York Post article, the media that initially published the news, declaring them “unsafe.”
“This is a coup of information from Big Tech,” said New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari, calling the Facebook and Twitter attacks “a digital civil war,” Breitbart quoted.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) demanded an explanation from Facebook in a tweet. “I want to know what the active censorship of a report on the potentially illegal corruption of the Democratic presidential candidate is based on.
“If you have evidence of ‘misinformation,’ reveal it immediately. Expect a formal investigation by my office,” Hawley said.
.@Facebook I want to know on what grounds you are actively censoring a news report about potentially illegal corruption by the Democrat candidate for president. If you have evidence this is “disinformation,” disclose it immediately. Expect a formal inquiry from my office
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 14, 2020
On being questioned by Sen. Hawley, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, described as “unacceptable,” the blockade committed by the social network he directs.