The tech giants will appear to testify on their websites censorship and suppression of New York Post articles on leaked emails on Hunter Biden’s business relationship with Ukraine and China. This comes a day after Republican Senators voted to subpoena both Mark and Jack so they can respond to censorship allegations.
In the middle of the election battle in mid-October, both Facebook and Twitter limited the spread of a New York Post story that obtained emails from the laptop of Joe Biden’s son.
Most bigwig media publications never published the story on the Bidens because it’s a direct attack capable of denting Joe Biden’s political image since the Democratic nominee happened to be the chosen candidate of the media who always seek a reason to blast Trump.
Facebook claimed that it was reducing the story’s distribution until it had been reviewed by the company’s fact checking partners. A spokesperson explained that it’s “part of the company’s standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation,” even though it was coming from a credible news outlet like New York Post.
Twitter on its part completely blocked the story’s URL from being shared via tweets and direct messages, citing its existing policies around hacked materials. The moves by the platforms reignited existing allegation that they have an anti-conservative political bias.
Following the backlash, Twitter had to update its hacked materials policy and had to unblock the New York Post link after it left if blocked for days. The Senate Judiciary Committee will take the opportunity to “review their handling of the 2020 election,” since the hearing is happening a couple of weeks after Election Day.
Although both CEOs will have to face the Senate to testify about news suppression, they will first attend a hearing about Section 230 protections on October 28th, before November 3.