The Hill reports:
Some Republican lawmakers lashed out at Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday over the platforms’ decisions to limit the spread of a New York Post story about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
The GOP lawmakers characterized the moves as censorship and renewed their allegations that social media platforms have an anti-conservative bias. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent letters to both Facebook and Twitter over their decisions to clamp down on the spread of the article.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also sent a letter to Twitter and publicly bashed both social media giants over their decisions to limit the spread of the story about Hunter Biden.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published a series of stories on Tuesday surrounding alleged emails between Hunter Biden and officials connected with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which the outlet obtained from a source who met multiple times over the last year with an individual whom the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned as an active agent of Russia.
The Post, which published the unverified emails on Wednesday, reported that the information came from Rudy Giuliani. The former LifeLock spokesperson attempted to distance himself from Andrii Derkach last month after the Treasury Department accused the Ukrainian lawmaker of being a Russian agent and running a “covert influence campaign” directed at the 2020 U.S. presidential election since late 2019.
The Associated Press reports:
The Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019. It says the customer, whom the owner could not definitively identify as Hunter Biden, never paid for the service or retrieved it, and says the owner made a copy of the hard drive that he provided to Giuliani’s lawyer.
The owner of the Wilmington shop declined to comment Wednesday to The Associated Press, saying he didn’t feel like talking. The newspaper says the owner alerted the FBI to the computer and hard drive, and that agents took possession of them. That could not immediately be confirmed, and the FBI declined to comment Wednesday.
What’s even the point of working with the Russians to fabricate a hoax if Big Tech won’t allow you to propagate it? Takes both the sport *and* the profit out of the game. Spirit-crushing.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 14, 2020
about to go drop off my $3000 crime laptop at the pawn shop and never come back for it
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 14, 2020
what kind of shithole media is so fucking gullible that it allows itself to be played for fools over and over and over by obvious bottom feeding clownshoes dipshits such as Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 14, 2020
BREAKING: Twitter has locked the personal account of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for sharing news Democrats don’t like. pic.twitter.com/eR8HhkgqVY
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 14, 2020
A GOP senator is mad that social media websites aren’t helping his party spread misinformation. https://t.co/gYhBTsDGpW
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) October 14, 2020
From Twitter spox: “In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter.” https://t.co/4bbO621CXj
— Shannon Bond (@shannonpareil) October 14, 2020
What an absolute joke of a fake scandal:
“Neither Giuliani nor Bannon responded to multiple requests to review the hard drive and other materials for verification”https://t.co/cPTT5sFBQN
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 15, 2020
Why is NY Post trending?
Because Rudy Giuliani shared his fake BUT HIS EMAILS story and mainstream media ate it up, forgetting the US Treasury just designated his propaganda partner a sanctioned Russian agent for interfering in THIS election to attack Hunter Biden with disinfo.
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) October 14, 2020
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