Social Media’s Censorship of the Hunter Biden Story Cries Out for Big Tech Regulation

Calling the Hunter Biden revelations an “October Surprise” does the American public a disservice. Rather, this October “bombshell” from the New York Post definitively links former vice-president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden to Burisma, a Ukranian energy firm that paid his son, Hunter, up to $50,000 a month less than a year before Joe Biden held hostage U.S. aid money to Ukraine in exchange for the firing of a prosecutor investigating Burisma—a deed he openly and publicly bragged about on video!

Emails revealed by the story show that Burisma board adviser Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for “inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father,” directly contradicting Joe Biden’s claim that he had “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

This report will have far-reaching implications for the presidential election—at least it would if the majority of Americans are allowed to read the story before it is scrubbed by Big Tech.

Americans are constantly hammered with stories alleging foreign interference in our elections. In this instance, however, we don’t have to worry about rivals like Russia or China. Silicon Valley execs at Facebook and Twitter have made it known that they will censor the Hunter Biden story, in a gross abuse of their platforms and an example of massive election interference.

Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications director, wrote that while the Hunter Biden story “is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners,” the company would be “reducing its distribution on our platform” in the meantime. Twitter went so far as to lock the New York Post’s Twitter account and prevent users from sharing the story entirely, labelling the link “potentially harmful.”

I personally received the message “Your Tweet couldn’t be sent because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful,” when I attempted to share the Hunter Biden story on Twitter.

Silicon Valley’s scions would have you believe that they are unbiased philosopher-kings preventing disinformation as a matter of safeguarding the integrity of the election and the news cycle as a whole. In reality, Facebook’s Andy Stone has a lengthy résumé that includes stints with Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, the left-wing House Majority PAC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Likewise, Twitter has a documented history of donating largely to Democrats and left-wing causes.

Moreover, as the social media censors obsess over “fact-checking,” none should forget that Facebook and Twitter allowed an unverified, salacious dossier that accused President Donald Trump of colluding with the Russian government to win the 2016 presidential election, and of ordering prostitutes to perform a “golden shower” for good measure, to spread like wildfire across their respective platforms.

In a time when up to 55 percent of American adults often get their news from social media platforms, we are beyond “bias.” Big Tech has launched an unprecedented assault on the marketplace of ideas, which prompted Republican lawmakers to go so far as to copy and paste the entirety of the Hunter Biden story to the House Judiciary Committee website as a press release in order to skirt the social media ban.

It is now obvious that Silicon Valley cannot be left to regulate itself. Congressional leaders and President Trump must act to curb the influence of Big Tech over our electoral process and the American public forum. Should the erosion of free speech and the marketplace of ideas continue on its current trajectory, subsequent generations of Americans may be stripped of freedom of expression entirely. 

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About Mitchell Gunter

Mitchell Gunter is a freelance journalist who has contributed hundreds of articles to publications including The Washington Times, The Federalist, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and the Foundation for Economic Education from a conservative perspective. His work on political issues in higher education has been featured on national programs including Fox Business, The Drudge Report, and "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

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