President Trump is targeting tech giants Twitter and Facebook, calling them the “third arm” of the Democratic National Committee after many accounts were blocked for sharing a story reporting Hunter Biden’s alleged foreign business dealings.
Facebook, Twitter, and other large social media companies are attempting to help Democrats win the election, as they are able to influence readers.
The New York Post broke a story of a confiscated laptop computer that has numerous emails, videos, and photos of Hunter Biden in “compromising positions,” and emails referencing Joe Biden’s unconfirmed meeting with a top Ukrainian official from the gas company where his son was paid to sit on the board, despite having no experience in natural gas. Joe Biden previously stated that he knew nothing about Hunter’s international business dealings.
“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,” tweeted Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook. “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Twitter blocked users from sharing the story, and they were shown a notice saying, “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”
In an attempt to pan the story, Twitter suspended President Trump’s official campaign account, @TeamTrump, and also blocked the personal account of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Oct. 14.
A day later the accounts were reinstated. “We are back and we are re-posting the video Twitter doesn’t want you to watch,” wrote Team Trump on Twitter.
McEnany has also returned to Twitter after having been locked out. McEnany tweeted, “I’M BACK and I will NOT be silenced!!”
Twitter also locked the NY Post Twitter account because of their breaking story.
The Post’s primary Twitter account (@nypost) has also been locked because the Hunter Biden stories violate its rules against “distribution of hacked material,” per email we received from Twitter https://t.co/wbeYd6c3CA
— Noah Manskar (@noahmanskar) October 14, 2020
The president gave an interview on FOX Business’s “Varney & Co.,” and said, “When they take down Kayleigh McEnany, who is just an honorable — she’s an incredible person, when they don’t want to put up the Biden story … the whole thing is crazy.” He said the Trump administration is “looking at a lot of things” in regard to the social media companies.
So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!! https://t.co/g1RJFpIVUZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
“It is out of control,” the president said. “And it’s like a third arm, maybe a first arm, of the DNC—Twitter, and Facebook, they’re all, they’re—like really, it’s a massive campaign contribution.”
He continued, “This is a third arm of the DNC. The radical left movement—and that’s the biggest problem our country has. It’s not with the right. It’s with the left. The radical left is the biggest—Antifa and that scum—is the thing that’s hurting our country.”
The president went on to say, “If you get rid of Section 230, that’s the end of them,” reported Fox News.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Gregg Jarrett, legal and political analyst for Fox News Channel and author of The Russia Hoax and Witch Hunt, commented on Twitter.
Let me get this straight: The NY Times can post to Twitter & Facebook its story on Trump’s taxes based on unnamed sources and documents it won’t produce. But the NY Post cannot post its story on Biden based on documents it produced. Confused? Don’t be. It’s political censorship.
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) October 15, 2020