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If ‘unreliable’ is the issue, why did social media never block anti-Trump stories?

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If ‘unreliable’ is the issue, why did social media never block anti-Trump stories?
By Sohrab Ahmari
October 14, 2020 | 8:15pm | Updated
NY Post

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This is what totalitarianism looks like in our century: not men in darkened cells driving screws under the fingernails of dissidents, but Silicon Valley dweebs removing from vast swaths of the Internet a damaging exposé on their preferred presidential candidate.

That’s what Facebook and Twitter did to the New York Post’s bombshell report on Hunter Biden, revealing why the illustrious vice-presidential son was hired by a shady Ukrainian energy firm in exchange for at least $50,000 a month.

According to e-mails obtained by The Post, Hunter introduced the firm’s executives to his father — just when Joe Biden was the second-most powerful man on earth, with outsize influence over the fate of the embattled Eastern European country.

That information is squarely in the public interest as we head into an election, right? Yes, but it’s also extremely embarrassing for President Trump’s opponent, and so social-media executives went into action.

Andy Stone, a member of Facebook’s p.r. team, said, “We are reducing [the Post story’s] distribution on our platform.” Before joining the social-media giant, Stone worked for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, yet he insisted that Facebook’s action was “part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation.” Right.

Then, Twitter began blocking users from posting the story, with a spokesman telling a Washington Examiner scribe that the move was prompted by “the lack of authoritative reporting on the origins of the materials included” in the report.

Misinformation? Lack of authoritative reporting? The story explained exactly The Post got the material, and the supporting evidence. Yet the past four years have seen left-of-center outlets devote millions of column inches to anti-Trump stories that turned out to be utter bunk — yet neither Facebook nor Twitter took similar action as part of any “standard process”:

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Tikk

I guess Zuckerberg and Dorsey are too young for this

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But, oh so appropriate for their current position ...

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Severian

Silicon Valley had become Mini-Tru, and the sad thing is they're damned proud of the fact. Even Winston had the decency to be ashamed of what he did at Mini-Tru, but not the dweebs in Silicon Valley.

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Joe the Pagan

I think it was Orwell who said:  The greatest threat to freedom is not the bombastic general with a chest full of medals, but the quiet bureaucrat with a neat suit.  Had social media been around during Orwell's time he would have changed bureaucrat to tech CEO.

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