Headline RoundupOctober 15th, 2020

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

Summary from the AllSides News Team

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.

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