Is Silicon Valley Playing Politics? Blocking NYP Article on Hunter Biden's Emails Creates Chaos

Published October 15th, 2020 - 06:15 GMT
Is Silicon Valley Playing Politics? Blocking NYP Article on Hunter Biden's Emails Create Chaos
The NYP report that highlights an email sent from a Burisma official to Hunter Biden in 2015, thanking him for arranging a meeting between the company and his father. (Al Bawaba)

Last night, a bombshell article by the New York Post revealing details of leaked emails between Hunter Biden and a top executive from the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma has sparked several controversies, not only because of its content that has triggered speculations for years, or because of the timing two weeks prior to the US elections, but also because of how tech giants and social media platforms have responded.

The NYP report that highlights an email sent from a Burisma official to Hunter Biden in 2015, thanking him for arranging a meeting between the company and his father, then VP to President Obama, has faced a lot of difficulties making its way to the audience, as Twitter and Facebook tried to hide it and block access to it several times, citing "harmful content" and "disinformation."

Both Silicon Valley-based companies have been accused by social media users of "taking a political stance" for their attempts to hide the content of the report that could potentially have a negative impact on Biden's campaign for the US presidential elections. 

As soon as the report was out, many Twitter users noted that they were not able to share it with their followers, while many reported having their tweets hidden by Twitter moderators. 

Angry at Twitter's meddling into the matter, which according to them amounts to unprecedented surveillance, many commentators questioned the reason Twitter decided to hide an article uncovering the story on Hunter Biden but not the New York Times report exposing Trump's tax forms a few weeks ago, which didn't face any similar measures.

Additionally, Twitter has reportedly locked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany out of her account after she shared the report, urging online people to protest this move as it points at a dangerous approach followed by social media giants to monitor content shared across the platforms and deliberately interfere in the US elections, in what could be considered an "unconstitutional move."


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