Cruz Accuses Twitter of Censoring Story on Hunter Biden and Burisma To Influence the 2020 Election

Twitter is cracking down on users’ ability to share a news story about Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

On Wednesday, The New York Post published an expose on emails reportedly retrieved from a computer that belonged to Hunter Biden. Those emails appear to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father, while he was still vice president, an executive for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

The Post also alleged that the former vice president met with the executive, Vadym Pozharskyi.

The story quickly spread around social media. However, by Wednesday afternoon, third-party fact-checkers and other news outlets had yet to verify the details of the Post’s story.

Hours after the Post published its report, Twitter users noted that attempts to share the story led to an error message that read, “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”

In a statement, Twitter said, “In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) penned a letter that accused the platform of censoring the Post to influence the 2020 presidential election.

“Twitter has apparently decided to preemptively censor this report. Twitter is not only prohibiting users from sharing this story on their own accounts, it is prohibiting the New York Post itself from posting its own content,” Cruz wrote.

He continued, “Twitter well-knows its incredible ability to influence public dialogue by promoting some stories while suppressing others, and it has plainly decided that the American people should not be seeing or discussing this particular story, which could significantly influence voters’ view of candidate Biden.”

“This can only be seen as an obvious and transparent attempt by Twitter to influence the upcoming presidential election,” he added.

Read Cruz’s letter below:

He continued to ask who made the decision to restrict users’ ability to share the story, when the Post was made known of the decision and what recourse it was given, if Twitter has ever taken similar action against other news outlets, and why other stories were not subject to similar actions.

Cruz also asked if Twitter had restricted stories about President Donald Trump, or if “employees involved in the decision to censor this reporting have been in contact in any capacity with the Biden-Harris campaign or any of its representatives.

Earlier on Wednesday, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said, “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,” he added.

Stone explained that the decision to limit the distribution of the story was “part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation.”

Biden’s campaign denied the story in a statement, “The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story. They certainly never raised that Rudy Giuliani – whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures connected to Russian intelligence have been widely reported – claimed to have such materials.”

“Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” the statement continued.

Responses

  1. Lying Paul The Emeffer: this smear about the Bidens has fallen apart. It failed.

    First of all, Rudy Giuliani was involved trying to pedal it around town. That should have been your first clue. Secondly, it DID find a home in the New York Post, another garbage right-wing rag with a very bad reputation owned by the Murdoch family. Even FOX News turned this “story” down and Murdoch owns them, too. None of the authors who conjured it up wanted their names on the byline, either. One whose name ended up on it didn’t even know that her name was going to be used UNTIL AFTER publication! Another was someone who had NEVER had her name on a byline before. Ooops.

    Starting to get the drift that this story is sketchy yet? You should be because it gets even worse.

    I am confused, Lying Paul The Emeffer. Why is it that you always support the wrong side of things? That is very curious, don’t you think?

  2. Walter Mitty, “ Nobody cares about what Hunter did except FOX News and its viewers.”

    We shall see now that facebook is allowing relevant posts.

    facebook.com/DailyCaller/videos/giuliani-previews-unreleased-info-from-hunters-hard-drive-could-sink-biden-10-da/648978979100083/

  3. Lying Paul The Emeffer: everybody SHOULD care about corruption. I beat THAT drum on IJR constantly. But this is just your everyday, normal and approved corruption, not the out of control, endless corruption coming from this CURRENT administration.

    Nobody cares about what Hunter did except FOX News and its viewers.

    Ignorance implies not knowing what is going on. Until YOU acknowledge, here and right now, that King Donald The Loser’s court is rampant with ITS OWN corruption, then I will continue to claim that YOU are ignorant and a liar.

  4. Walter Mitty its the Biden family including Joe who are mentioned as benefiting from the deals. So idiot, every voter should care!

  5. Give it a rest, Lying Paul The Emeffer. NOBODY CARES about Hunter Biden!

    If that is YOUR biggest concern in this election, I hate to tell you this, buddy, but you’re doing it wrong.

  6. Now today the NY Post headline

    “Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm”

  7. Ken Goodman, Paul Michals and Ed Mcguire, In May-June, 2020 NY Post repeatedly claimed it was illegal to “unmask” Flynn’s name in classified documents. HOW did that work out for you? In 2016 NY Post claimed the Clinton Foundation was about to be shutdown by the government. HOW did that work out? Oct, 2020 Clinton Foundation is in full operation and Trump Foundation shutdown and the Trump family must attend classes before participating in any future non-profit charity. In 2015-19, NY Post claimed Uranium One deal was an issue for Clinton. HOW did that work out? August of 2016, NY Post pushed Shkreli’s unfounded claim Hillary had Parkinson. How did that work out? In Jan, 2017 NY Post pushed the unfounded claim the DNC hack was an inside job. How did that work out?
    I realize you three don’t trust the MSM, but you really need to examine how many times conservative media have made fools of you.

  8. Ken: Ted Cruz is one of the weakest Congress members in the whole country. A dangerous warmonger, but also one of many Dear Leader ass-kissers. That photo of him phonebanking for Dear Leader in 2016 is all that you need to know about him – a weak man who let Dear Leader insult his wife and father. Pathetic.

  9. My Senator, Mr. Cruz, did a great job of calling out the Democrats in today’s confirmation hearing for our next Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Judge Barret.
    Cruz was my chouse in the 2016 primary, but I now believe his place is in the Senate.
    But if it comes to it…..Cruz 2024!

  10. Of course it’s ‘potentially harmful’ but to whom? Oh yeah! To Joe and his campaign. How transparent can the ‘social media’ be? This should be on every outlet so that the public can see for thamselves how sorry the ‘Moderate’ former VP really is.

  11. Sure wont hear crickets about this on nightly news.
    More to the story than what’s here.

    nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/

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