Missouri Senator Josh Hawley blasted Facebook and Twitter for the way they handled the Hunter Biden story before the election, now that, after the election, they’ve finally allowed conversations about reports Joe Biden’s son is the subject of several investigations.
Just before the election, the New York Post published a story suggesting that Joe Biden abused his powers when he was Vice President to help the energy company his son Hunter was working for to avoid an investigation. It also showed Hunter Biden’s questionable business dealings in Ukraine.
The two social media companies tried to kill the story. Facebook flagged it as being “misinformation” while Twitter warned users that the story could be “harmful.”
At the time, Facebook’s policy communication’s director Andy Stone tweeted, “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.”
“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?” Senator Hawley tweeted.
His comments followed the announcement by Biden that the Delaware US Attorney was looking into his tax affairs. While the case’s details are not clear, Fox News reported that “a well-placed government source” said that the case involved a grand jury investigation.
When the Biden story broke, some claimed that it was Russian disinformation. However, John Ratcliffe, the director of National Intelligence, refuted such claims. Additionally, one individual exposed in the emails recovered from the laptop confirmed the exchanges actually happened.
Since the announcement of an investigation, Big Tech critics have cast scorn at the social media networks for censoring a major story that was accurate and proving that biased tech giants are distorting or hiding the truth, creating a false sense of reality for its users.