In the face of an ongoing federal investigation involving Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in suspicious financial activity, the technology giants Twitter and Facebook continue to ignore the facts even as various media outlets are reporting.
Since Wednesday Dec. 9, a Delaware state prosecutor has been conducting an investigation into Hunter Biden connected with possible tax fraud. He has been notified of proceedings.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Biden said in a statement, according to the New York Post.
The current investigation also involves information on a Hunter laptop describing several of his businesses with foreign companies, which was also revealed by the New York Post last October and was censored by Twitter.
Also on Wednesday, Dec. 9, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone wrote in his Twitter account: “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want to 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,” Stone added.
In another Twitter posting, the Facebook spokesman said, “This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation. We temporarily reduce distribution pending fact-checker review,” according to Fox News.
While Stone’s postings came just hours after Hunter’s story broke, they did not go viral.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that his decision prohibiting any user from sharing Biden’s report was a mistake.
On Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) criticized Facebook and Twitter, given how they handled the explosive allegations about Hunter Biden in the middle of the presidential election.
“So Hunter Biden is officially under federal investigation for various crimes,” Hawley tweeted. “Still claim it’s all Russian disinformation, @Facebook, and @Twitter? Will you be fact-checking the prosecutors?” Hawley wrote on his Twitter account.
So Hunter Biden is officially under federal investigation for various crimes. Still claim it’s all Russian disinformation, @Facebook and @Twitter? Will you be fact checking the prosecutors? https://t.co/97Yr3zhMBi
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 10, 2020
In mid-October, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s Twitter account was censored after she shared the New York Post story, which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed was subject to the policy of pirated materials.
Dorsey later retracted his statement to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz during a Senate hearing.
By then, McEnany expressed via Twitter: “When I log on to my Twitter account, it says I’m permanently banned. They essentially have me at gunpoint, and said unless you delete this story—a news story by the New York Post—I cannot regain access to my account.”