Facebook and Twitter’s decision to ban users from sharing a series of New York Post bombings exploring Hunter Biden’s foreign business relationship “really strikes me as a piece of Big Brother,” Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace told Fox News Rundown. .
“I have a real problem with that. I think you either came out or you came out,” Wallace said. “And when I say that, or it’s the Wild West, and you post everything – and I can understand the concern about what happened in 2016 with Russian disinformation – or you teach everything there, and if you have problems with this … then put the word out to your users and say, “We can̵7;t confirm this story” or “There are some questions in this story.”
“But just forbid it and say, ‘No one has the right to discuss this story or publish this story’ – which, you know, is there, and you can’t put gin back in the bottle, it was the front page of the New York Post.” “It really strikes me as Big Brother’s smacking.”
On Wednesday, the newspaper reported receiving emails from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden. An e-mail states that Biden introduced the head of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings to his father, Joe Biden, the then vice president of the United States. Joe Biden has repeatedly denied discussing Hunter’s foreign business interests with him, and his campaign has denied any formal meetings with the executive.
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Shortly after the Mail article was published, Facebook’s communications director, Andy Stone, a former Democratic congressman, said Facebook would “cut back on our platform.” Twitter soon followed suit, blocking users from sharing the story, citing violations of the platform’s “Broken Materials Policy.”
Wallace said Friday that the move “backfired because … it created not just a story about history, but a story about how great it is [social] media giants “.
The host of Fox News Sunday went on to describe the Post’s report as “very sketchy.”
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“Not to say it’s not true,” he added, “but it seems to me that it needs a lot of investigation. The guy who ran the computer store is supposedly legally blind, he’s not sure who even came in with the computers. He says that, although history is constantly changing, he turned it over to the FBI in December of last year, but, you know, they don’t confirm it.
“Now he says he passed it on to his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani,” Wallace continued. “Rudy Giuliani is not the most independent source in all this material. So I think it’s absolutely worth exploring, but I’m not sure I’ll even go with it at the moment.”
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