Twitter, Facebook Limit Sharing of New York Post Story about Joe Biden

Headline Roundup October 15th, 2020

Twitter and Facebook are limiting the distribution of the New York Post's story about emails purportedly suggesting that Joe Biden met with a top executive from Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company, while he was vice president. The companies are reportedly concerned the article contains false and/or questionable information. Biden's son Hunter served on Burisma's board from 2014 to 2019. Joe Biden has denied ever having conversations with Hunter related to his foreign business dealings. A Facebook communications executive said the site would limit distribution of the article and fact check it, while Twitter prevented the link from being shared in tweets or direct messages.

Coverage from most left- and some center-rated sources focused more on the Post's piece, sometimes framing it as controversial and dubiously sourced. Right-rated outlets generally covered the limitations more prominently, often framing the moves from Twitter and Facebook as examples of unjust censorship. Some right-rated coverage focused on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's statement Thursday morning criticizing his company's handling of the article. Editor's note: Updated 10/15/20 at 11:23 a.m. to add more detail.

Twitter, Facebook Limit Sharing of New York Post Story about Joe Biden

From the Center
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technology, online censorship, Twitter, facebook, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings

Facebook and Twitter took action on Wednesday to limit the distribution of New York Post reporting with unconfirmed claims about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, leading President Trump's campaign and allies to charge the companies with censorship.

Both social media companies said the moves were aimed at slowing the spread of potentially false information. But they gave few details about how they reached their decisions, sparking criticism about the lack of clarity and consistency with which they apply their rules.

The New York Post published a series of stories on...

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From the Right
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technology, online censorship, Twitter, facebook, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday called his company's blocking of posts by those who tried to share the New York Post's story earlier in the day about Hunter Biden's emails referencing his then-vice president father Joe Biden and a Ukrainian natural gas company "not great."

"Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great," Dorsey posted to his personal Twitter account. "And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM (direct message) with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable."

The admission comes after Twitter blocked...

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From the Left
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technology, online censorship, Twitter, facebook, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings

On Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter took steps to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son’s work in Ukraine—and in response, conservative figures are decrying the platforms for improperly censoring speech.

The unverified article claims that a “smoking gun” email shows Hunter Biden introducing his father to an executive at a Ukrainian company that Hunter used to work for. The information supposedly comes from a hard drive left at a computer repair shop in Delaware that made its way to Rudy Giuliani....

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