Facebook and Twitter’s decision to restrict users from sharing a series of bombshell reports by the New York Post that explored Hunter Biden’s overseas business deal “really hurt me as Big Brother smacking,” host ” Fox News Sunday “hosted Chris Wallace on the podcast of” Fox News Rundown “Friday
“I have a real problem with that. I think you’re inside or you’re outside,” Wallace said. “And when I say that, either you are in the Wild West and you post everything – and I understand the concern about it after what happened in 2016 in the disinformation of Russia – or you put everything there and if you have a problem with some here … then put a word there for your users and say, ‘We could not confirm this story’ or ‘There are some questions in this story.’
“But just to ban it and say, ‘No one is allowed to discuss this story or post this story’ – which, you know, is there and you can not put the genie in the bottle, this is the front page of New York Post – I was really beaten up by Big Brother smacking.
On Wednesday, the paper reported that it had received emails from a laptop computer owned by Hunter Biden. An email indicates that Biden introduced an executive at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings to his father Joe Biden, then vice president of the United States. Joe Biden repeatedly refused to discuss Hunter’s overseas business interests with him, and his campaign rejected any formal meeting with the executive that took place.
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Shortly after the post was posted, Facebook Director of Communications Policy Andy Stone, a former staff member of the Democratic congress, said Facebook would “reduce distribution on our platform.” Twitter soon followed, blocking users from sharing the story by mentioning a violation of the “Policy on Hacked Materials.”
Wallace said on Friday that those moves “backfired because … it created not just a story about the story, but a story about how big it is. [social] the media giants are. “
The host of “Fox News Sunday” went on to describe the Post report as “very sketchy.”
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“This is not to say that it is not true,” he added, “but I think it needs a lot of investigation. The person who runs the computer store is legally blind, he is not sure who else entered the computers. He said, although the story continues to change, he gave it to the FBI last December.But, you know, they don’t confirm that.
“Now, he says he gave it to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer,” Wallace continued. “Rudy Giuliani is not the most independent source in all of this. So I think it is worth the investigation, but I am not sure I will go to this point as well.”
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