Last week, big tech embarked on their most sophisticated attack against free speech yet. MRC TechWatch’s Alexander Hall and Corinne Weaver reported both Facebook and Twitter’s announcement that they would be “reducing” the “distribution” of an October 14 New York Post story. That story published “emails from Democratic presidential candidate Biden’s son Hunter Biden” that “displayed the alleged corruption that both father and son partook in with Ukraine."
Facebook Policy Communications director Andy Stone said his platform would reduce the story and Twitter moved to disable all links to the story, claiming that it’s “potentially harmful.” Twitter even suspended several big accounts which shared the link, like that of Trump’s main campaign account “Team Trump,” and the account belonging to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Conservatives like Alley were enraged, considering the thoroughly-debunked Russia Gate conspiracy alleging Trump’s collusion with Russia to win the 2016 election was allowed to circulate social media for years and contribute to half the nation’s sense that Trump is an illegitimate president.
It’s a solid point. The NY Post story may prove that Biden was using his son to enrich his family, or that at the very least may prove that the former vice president was lying when he said he’s never spoken to his son about Hunter’s business dealings, but for big tech, that was too “harmful.”
Of course it was “harmful,” “harmful” to the structural integrity of the idea that Biden is an upstanding, squeaky clean Democrat presidential candidate. Alley implied that it’s exactly why Big tech squashed the story.