Twitter and Facebook Restricts NY Post Biden Article

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: October 15, 2020

Yesterday, the New York
Post published emails’ cache containing information that could potentially
ruin Hunter and Joe Biden’s reputation, as it showed their involvement with Burisma – the Ukrainian energy company.

In reality, the
contents of the report were less scandalous and preparatory than the headline
suggested. It was obviously done on purpose.

According to the report,
the computer store owner in Delaware had spotted on a laptop, a Biden Foundation sticker, which had come for repair. Next thing you know, there was a
copy of the hard drive of that machine which was handed over to Rudy Giuliani – you may
know of her as the person who’s been after Biden for last two years.

The journalists and
supporters of the left have been outraged and are disseminating the article as
they figured a similar incident occurred around four years back with Hilary Clinton
when her emails got hacked. The Biden campaign was quick to deny the critical element of this story.

Of course, the
right-wing supportersamplified the story without realizing the
several shortcomings this story carried. This story is bound to lead a short

After a few hours,
something strange happened: Twitter began blocking the article from sharing, suggesting it had harmful content. Apparently, Twitter also
restricted Post’s primary Twitter account on the afternoon of Wednesday. 

Facebook also applied restrictions
on the article, but the scope remained unclear.

Twitter expressed that
this drastic step was a reaction to the content of the story. It contained
hacked material without any explanation regarding the claims. Hence, the
illegal procuring of the emails led to this outcome.

This episode didn’t end
well with the conservative party, as prominent names accused the social media
platform for censoring their voice for political reasons. Of course, the
arguments surrounding the story lasted for hours, people debated whether it was
appropriate to illegally procure emails and post such a misleading headline.

Many people pointed out
that this was a Streisand Effect – a stronger aftermath once you censor a piece
of information. Anyway, Twitter and Facebook did more harm than good, because
after their restrictions, the Trump campaign got what it wanted: attention.


Updated October 15, 2020
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