Facebook And Twitter Curtail Distribution Of NY Post’s “Bombshell” Biden Story
Facebook and Twitter both have taken steps to curtail distribution of a New York Post story claiming to show “smoking gun” emails related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
CNBC reported Wednesday that Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted on the issue, writing, “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Likewise, Twitter is blocking its users from tweeting a link to the Post’s story or sending it to other users via direct messaging.
Twitter blocked the story later on Wednesday. It decided to limit the spread of the article due to the lack of authoritative reporting around the origins of the information in it, a spokeswoman for the company said.
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait questioned in a Wednesday piece discussing the emails whether the Post’s story of how the emails came to light was even truthful.
Chait offered a far more plausible scenario than that delivered by the story’s author, Emma-Jo Morris, “a former Hannity segment producer-booker who has written a total of three articles, all of them covering the Biden story and published today.”
The Post claims somebody brought the computer to a repair shop in Delaware, but then never bothered to pay for the repair. The shop owner saw that the computer had a sticker for the Beau Biden Foundation. But instead of returning the computer to the Biden family, he made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, before turning it over to the FBI.
To begin with, if you were a computer-repair shop in Delaware, and you had a Biden-owned computer that you repaired but weren’t paid for, why would your first step be to reach out to Rudy Giuliani’s attorney? Why wouldn’t you go to the Bidens — who are fairly well known and easy to find in Delaware — to get paid? And why would the FBI even be allowed to investigate this computer without a search warrant?
While Giuliani has not previously demonstrated any deep network of contacts in the Delaware computer-repair world, he has a long-standing string of contacts in the Russian intelligence world. He has met publicly with Andriy Derkach, who has been officially designated as a Russian intelligence agent by the U.S. Treasury Department. Derkach and Giuliani have spent months plotting to obtain and publicize Russian-sponsored information or pseudo-information discrediting Biden. Also, this past January, Russian hackers reportedly obtained emails from Burisma.
But according to the Post, the stolen Burisma emails Giuliani found and shared with a Hannity producer have nothing to do with either the Russian agents who hacked Burisma emails or the Russian intelligence official whom he has been working with in broad daylight.