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PostFacebook, Twitter Block "NY Post" Article on Hunter Biden (Brian Blodgett, USA, 10/15/20 8:01 am)
I have never used Twitter or Facebook for the news, but both social media frequently share news from other sources. However, yesterday the New York Post released a story on Hunter Biden (son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden). The link is https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/
Subsequently, both social media sources blocked retweets/repostings of the article and links to it.
Twitter, at 2:20 PM, then locked the NY Post's site (not sure for how long). White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her Twitter account temporarily locked until she removes it from her shared tweets. Also yesterday, Twitter locked @TeamTrump for posting a video against Biden for "ripping off our country for years at it relates to the @nypost article."
Twitter also blocked the NY Post's main Twitter account, which at last I heard was still inactive.
Twitter's CEO said, "Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable," but the accounts remain blocked. Link is https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/twitter-ceo-says-handling-of-blocked-post-article-was-unacceptable/
Facebook also blocked it and said that it would limit the spread of the Hunter Biden article pending a review by independent fact checkers.
Twitter also locked the Republican site - @JudicaryGOP, which is run by Republicans in the House of Representatives because they had a link to the NY Post article as well.
For social media to block newspapers from sharing what individuals around the world view as news is wrong. This was surely not done when the NY Times released information about President Trump's taxes, which was from all appearances, gained illegally.
Oh, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC are not covering this.
JE comments: The story seems to be getting a lot of media attention, representing a full spectrum of interpretations from the "smoking gun" of Joe Biden using his influence to enrich his son to claims that the e-mails are the concoction of a shady (and blind!) computer-repair guy with the complicity of Russia and Rudy Giuliani. Why, I ask, would Hunter B forget to recover a laptop containing compromising material? Either way, we have another October Surprise. The Washington Post takes a stab at untangling the confusion:
Hunter Biden and the Laptop Scandal
(Brian Blodgett, USA
10/16/20 3:04 AM)
John, you must have a different ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC than I do! The NY Post Twitter/Facebook issue is not showing on any of their splash pages down here in Maryland.
Oh, as to why Hunter Biden may have left his computer at the repair shop, the most obvious answer is he forgot about it.
Regarding the computer-repair guy, according to the Delaware Visually Impaired site (https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dvi/eligcriteria.html ), legally blind is 20/200 in the better eye with correction, or a field restriction of 20 degrees or less. This means that the smallest letters that you can identify from the eye chart at 20 feet away is equal the the size of the smallest letters of a person with "normal" vision, but it does not mean that you cannot see up close; which ties in with the gentleman's job and his inability to recognize a person at 100% from even a small distance--heck, could most even identify a person who comes into your store once with 100% certainty?
As far as the Washington Post story, I am glad they are at least mentioning it and, anyone who would be doing what some believe Hunter and Joe Biden might have done did, they would not easily admit it either and hide the facts. It would not be on an official calendar or would people readily admit to it. After all, everyone believes that those who support President Trump are also hiding dirt.
JE comments: The Mac technician in question is named John Paul Mac Isaac. I wonder which came first--the nickname "Mac" or his career choice.
In trying to disentangle this story, I'm left with more questions than answers. Why, if Isaac turned the hard drive over to the FBI in 2019, have we heard nothing until October Surprise time? And why would he (Mac) also deliver a copy to Rudy Giuliani? Is it legal to make and distribute someone's hard drive without the owner's permission? Whenever I need to get a computer fixed, I have to give my full name and information. Didn't Isaac ask the customer to identify himself? (Granted, you can lie.) Finally, what about the supposed sex video on the machine featuring Hunter B? Can anyone be that foolish, especially if you're famous? Possibly, but...
At the same time, those who try to debunk the incident as a fabrication (Daily Beast and others) are not producing enough concrete proof to put the matter to rest. So we're left with the following: those inclined to believe such a story will find it to be the kind of story they believe. And those who don't believe it, don't. Brian, yesterday you wrote that Facebook has suspended the reposting of the story while its fact-checkers conducted an investigation. Have you heard anything about their findings?