Twitter has locked out the New York Post and prohibited users from sharing a link to the Post’s article implicating Joe Biden in a corruption scheme with Ukrainian energy conglomerate Burisma.
On Wednesday, the Post published leaked emails obtained from a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden containing correspondence between the younger Biden and a top executive at Burisma.
Joe Biden, who has repeatedly denied having any knowledge of the his son’s business dealings, is shown to have been introduced to and met with executives at the Ukrainian company.
The trove of data in the laptop also included compromising photographs of Hunter Biden appearing to pose with drug paraphernalia.
Following the article’s publication, Facebook moved to censor links to the article. On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that Facebook was censoring the article to “help Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.”
Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications manager tweeted: “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.”
“Censor first, ask questions later: It’s an outrageous attitude for one of the most powerful platforms in the United States to take,” replied the New York Post Editorial Board.
Twitter soon followed by prohibiting users from sharing the link with the following message:
“Your Tweet couldn’t be sent because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more.”
In addition to prohibiting the link from being posted either publicly or in direct messages, Twitter also moved to lock out the New York Post from its own account. The Post reported last month that Carlos Monje, who worked as Twitter’s director of public policy, left the company for a position with the Joe Biden transition team.
Sohrab Ahmari, an editor at the New York Post, called the censorship a “Big Tech information coup.”
“This is digital civil war,” he said.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) slammed both Facebook and Twitter for the censorship, noting that Facebook should expect to receive a formal inquiry from his office.
“I want to know on what grounds you are actively censoring a news report about potentially illegal corruption by the Democrat candidate for president,” he wrote.