‘Disgrace’: Twitter, Facebook censor Hunter Biden story
Sky News host Andrew Bolt has condemned Twitter and Facebook for running a “protection racket” for Joe Biden after they censored a report on explosive emails revealing an alleged meeting between the former vice president and a Ukrainian businessman.
“Twitter and Facebook – they’re running a protection racket for Joe Biden and keeping news from you using their incredible market power,” Mr Bolt said.
“It is a disgrace and a threat to democracy.”
The New York Post said it received a copy of a hard drive from a laptop, left at a repair shop, via the Trump campaign which included emails and candid images of Mr Biden’s son, Hunter.
A document obtained from the hard drive showed an email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma Holdings, which expressed thanks to Hunter for arranging a meeting with his father, who was then the vice president.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an (sic) opportunity to meet your father and spent (sic) some time together. It’s realty (sic) an honor and pleasure,” the email said.
The meeting, in April 2015 in Washington, DC, took place less than a year before Mr Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
Mr Bolt pointed out the contrast between how the social media giants manage content about Mr Biden and President Donald Trump.
“When did Twitter and Facebook ever apply those same standards to protecting Donald Trump?” he said.
“Trump’s tax records the other day were stolen and leaked, Twitter and Facebook didn’t mind, no warning there, no bans.
“And for years the media published, promoted, talked up a faked dossier that Democrats had paid for.”
Mr Bolt said the social media giants had gone to “astonishing” and “frightening” lengths to stop the public reading about the story.
“The excuses Twitter and Facebook gave for this political censorship, let’s be honest about it, that’s all it is, changed during the day,” he said.
“Oh, look the link was unsafe, no the material was stolen, these emails, no, no actually it was private information, it was false, whatever.