US President Donald Trump is angry with social media platforms Twitter and Facebook because they decided on Wednesday to restrict the circulation of a controversial article about Hunter Biden, the son of Trump’s Democratic challenger in the upcoming presidential election, Joe Biden.
The New York Post, a right-wing newspaper run by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, wrote on the basis of surfaced emails that Hunter Biden made extensive use of the fact that he was the son of the then vice president about six years ago. That is said to have happened when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma and his father, as vice president at the time, had extensive influence on US government policy towards Ukraine.
The article claims that a “smoking gun email” shows Hunter Biden arranged a meeting in 2015 between his father and a top executive of the Ukrainian energy company he worked for. In another email, in 2014, Hunter Biden allegedly asked how he could use his “influence” to stop political attacks on the company. The emails are said to have been found on a laptop that was brought into a shop for repair, and which also contained explicit images of Hunter Biden. The computer is said to have been confiscated by the FBI, but the shop owner had already passed the contents on to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer. According to The New York Post, Giuliani in turn delivered the content to the newspaper.
“Joe Biden and the media are corrupt”
Facebook decided to slow down the spread of the story to let independent fact-checkers look at it. Twitter later indicated that it had intervened because the stories of The New York Post were based on hacked material, which is in violation of Twitter’s house rules.
On his own Twitter account, President Trump said he hated that Facebook and Twitter interfered with the spread of the message. He did the same a little later during his election rally in Des Moines, Iowa. According to him, Hunter Biden and his father were caught red-handed. At the start of his rally, Trump insisted that the Biden family is corrupt, that they took money from Ukraine, Russia and China, among others, and that Joe Biden abused his vice presidency for this. According to Trump, Joe Biden lied to the people about that, he should apologize and disclose all his communications. The “corrupt” media and social media would like to cover everything up.
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Trump spokeswoman blocked
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the blockade of the New York Post article should have been better explained and communicated. He called blocking a link without further explanation “unacceptable”. Twitter is also said to have blocked the account of Trump spokesman Kayleigh McEnany after she shared the article from The New York Post.
Joe Biden’s campaign team denies any malpractice involving the presidential candidate and his son and points to Giuliani’s “discredited conspiracy theories.”
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