Spanish – Facebook and Twitter made an editorial decision on Wednesday in the final stretch of the U.S. presidential election campaign. Both platforms decided to limit the dissemination of a New York Post article that reveals details of a scandal that compromises the image of the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
The New York newspaper reveals emails about an alleged influence-peddling involving former Barack Obama’s vice president and his son, Hunter Biden. According to the information, Hunter Biden introduced his father to a senior executive of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma. This reportedly occurred less than a year before Joe Biden pressured Ukrainian government officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to the New York Post.
Vadym Pozharskyi was an advisor to the board of directors of the company, of which Hunter Biden was also a member. According to a May 2014 email, Pozharshkyi sought advice from Hunter Biden on how he could “use his influence” on behalf of the company.
Trip to Washington and meeting with Joe Biden
Later, in an email on April 17, 2015, Burisma’s board advisor thanked Hunter for inviting him to Washington and “giving him the opportunity to meet his father.” The meeting reportedly took place a year after the son of the then Vice President of the United States joined the company’s board of directors at a salary of 50,000 USD a month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email cited by the New York Post reads.
The U.S. newspaper also points out that Hunter took advantage of his connection with his father to try to get his salary increased at the company, according to an email he sent when he joined the board of directors.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Joe Biden was the person in charge of U.S. policy towards Ukraine. On April 22, 2014, Biden held a press conference in the European country along with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Facebook and Twitter’s editorial decision
The digital platforms Facebook and Twitter considered this journalistic work as “potentially harmful” and decided to limit its dissemination. The New York Post also reported on the measure taken by Facebook.
“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,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said on his Twitter account, adding, “In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Soon after, Twitter also took the decision to limit the dissemination of the article. The social network justified the measure by claiming a lack of authorized reports on the origin of the information. The Twitter account of the Republican party in the Senate showed how the restriction was implemented.
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) October 14, 2020
According to a company spokesperson, the article was found to violate Twitter’s policy on pirated material, which “does not permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets,” according to a CNBC article shared by President Donald Trump on his Twitter account.
So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!!
So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of “Smoking Gun” emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in the @NYPost. It is only the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230!!! https://t.co/g1RJFpIVUZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
Hunter Biden received millions of dollars from the Chinese and Russians
On September 23, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley presented a report on Hunter Biden’s overseas business. In addition to the board membership of Burisma Holdings LTD in Ukraine, they also revealed million-dollar payments from questionable Chinese and Russian sources that Hunter Biden allegedly received.
One of the most controversial contributions was received by Hunter Biden from Elena Baturina, second wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, who reportedly received illegal construction contracts from her husband.
The investigation also reveals that Hunter Biden had business partnerships with Chinese businessmen Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and others linked to the communist regime of Xi Jinping and the People’s Liberation Army. The document revealed that Hunter Biden’s firm received six million USD from Chinese billionaire Ye Jianming.
The documentary Riding the Dragon, released on September 4, reveals much of the Biden family’s business with the Chinese regime and how it may have even “endangered (U.S.) national security,” according to a New York Post article.
What the Obama administration was hiding
According to Republican senators, the most serious aspect of the report presented three weeks ago is the evidence found that “the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on the Burisme board was problematic and interfered with the efficient implementation of Ukraine policy.”
Amos Hochstein, a senior official in the Obama administration’s State Department, expressed his concerns directly to Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in October 2015. In his view, Hunter Biden’s position on the Burma board of directors facilitated Russia’s disinformation efforts and jeopardized the U.S. government’s policy in Ukraine. President Trump’s campaign team even warned that through this Ukrainian company they sought to “interfere” in the 2016 election.
The e-mails revealed on Wednesday by the New York Post contradict the statement made by the Democratic candidate for the Presidency. “I never talk to my son about his business abroad.”
"I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings." pic.twitter.com/q62Fx8Pf4y
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) October 14, 2020