Big tech and online platforms’ efforts to silence the Biden laptop scandal concerning the presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has now backfired for the Big Tech giants.
Amid much controversy surrounding the story by the Post, Twitter made the draconian move of censoring the story altogether.
Twitter’s doing, however, ended up “nearly doubling” the visibility of the story, dragging it to center stage.
Media intelligence firm Zignal labs and MIT have also revealed that Twitter’s ban ended up skyrocketing the reach of the story published on the Post. MIT also went on to say that the “poorly-thought-through ban” ended up triggering the “Streisand Effect” by turning a “sketchy article into a must-share blockbuster.”
“And then on Friday, the Republican National Committee filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Twitter, claiming that the ban “amounts to an illegal corporate in-kind political contribution to the Biden campaign” said the MIT Technology Review.
Twitter ended up restricting users from sharing the story, even over direct messages and ended up deleting the tweets that shared the story. Some people have also been locked out of their accounts for sharing the story. The platform also stated that the story was banned across their platform as it contained information that was not “verified” and may also have been “hacked material” but never said what the hacked material was.