Twitter joined Facebook on Wednesday in censoring the New York Post’s bombshell story detailing the discovery of emails concerning Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.
Twitter has blocked users from tweeting the New York Post story link and from sending the link via direct message to other users.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 یاشار (@yashar) October 14, 2020
Verified and unverified Twitter users who attempted to share the link were met with a message stating that the Post’s story link “has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”
Users are then directed to a page that claims the link is “potentially spammy or unsafe.”
Sohrab Ahmari, an editor at the Post, shared his outrage about the silencing on Twitter.
“This is a Big Tech information coup. This is a digital civil war. I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden,” he wrote.
This is a Big Tech information coup. This is digital civil war.
I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden. pic.twitter.com/BKNQmAG19H
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) October 14, 2020
Big Tech has spoken. You will see and read only what it finds politically acceptable.
Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest of you: If you want to act like publishers, we will treat you like publishers. https://t.co/OskmfFFzpl
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 14, 2020
I don’t know if the allegations are true—Qs that deserve to be answered.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 14, 2020
The story, which broke early Wednesday morning, highlights Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s repeated denial of his knowledge of his son’s potentially criminal business dealings in Ukraine.
Facebook also began “limiting distribution” of the article on Wednesday, stating that it needed to be fact-checked by “third-party fact-checkers” and evaluated before users would be allowed to share it freely.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, immediately denounced Facebook’s announcement, demanding that the company explain the censorship. Others noted that this Facebook policy was not applied to any unproven Russia Hoax stories and that this limiting of shares could be considered “election interference.”
The Post editorial board wrote a response to the censorship by big tech, especially Facebook, calling the platform biased and claiming that the censorship is unprecedented.
“So much for Facebook’s claims to be a neutral platform: One of its top execs just put the social media giant firmly in the pro-Biden camp,” the editorial board wrote.
“Censor first, ask questions later: It’s an outrageous attitude for one of the most powerful platforms in the United States to take,” it added.
According to the Post, this coverup by big tech demonstrates that “Facebook isn’t a media platform. It’s a propaganda machine.”