Following a bombshell report from the New York Post detailing allegations towards Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, over business deals with Ukraine, Twitter began a sweeping campaign of shutting down accounts and flagging Tweets that share the story, seemingly in efforts to shield the Biden family. And now Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey must answer after top Senate Republicans announced they will be issuing a subpoena Thursday morning, with the Senate Judiciary Committee voting on Tuesday and Dorsey testifying next Friday.
“In the last two days, we have seen a remarkable development,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said. “We have seen big tech, we’ve seen Twitter and Facebook actively interfering in this election in a way that has no precedent in the history of our country. Yesterday, the New York Post broke a story alleging serious corruption of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden concerning Ukraine. The allegations in the New York Post story, if true, indicate that Vice President Biden lied when he said that he had never discussed his son’s business dealings.”
“All the allegations about Russian collusion and Trump and every other idea that Trump may have done something bad, nobody blocked that,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said. “So, what we’re going to do is we’re gonna finally have an accounting that’s long overdue. These social media platforms have a dominance in our lives, they’re newspapers, they’re tv stations, they’re radio stations, they’re publishers, and this to me crystalizes the problem better than anything I could think of for the American people. You may be a Democrat, saying I don’t want to hear The New York Post, it could be you tomorrow.”
In blatant censorship, users that have attempted to share the link to the New York Post’s story are hit with a message reading “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful. Visit our Help Center to learn more.” If users clicked on the link, Twitter redirected them to a page that blocked them from reading the article, with a warning label claiming, “Warning: this link may be unsafe.”
Twitter also clamped down on the official press release from House Judiciary Committee Republicans, which quoted the New York Post story verbatim, blocking users from Tweeting out or viewing the link.
“This is a Big Tech information coup,” NY Post editor Sohrab Ahmari tweeted. “This is digital civil war. I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation’s largest papers by circulation, can’t post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden.”
Twitter even locked out multiple massive accounts for attempts to share the story. After sharing a video that spliced quotes from Joe Biden denying his knowledge of his son’s dealings in Ukraines alongside quotes from the New York Post article, Twitter shut down President Donald Trump’s campaign account. Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign, shared, “Twitter has locked out @TeamTrump for posting video of clips of Joe Biden lying about never speaking to Hunter about foreign business deals. Includes snips of @nypost exposing the lies. Biden doesn’t dispute the authenticity of the docs. STILL protecting Biden from bad story.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also fell victim to Twitter’s shutdowns after sharing the New York Post story on her personal account. The original Tweet read, “**NEW** Email from Ukrainian executive to Hunter Biden asks Hunter to ‘use his influence’ on behalf of the firm paying him $50K/mo in email with subject ‘urgent issue’ obtained by @nypost Father @JoeBiden was in charge of Ukraine relations at time.!!”
Twitter attempted to defend itself by claiming “The images contained in the articles include personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers — which violate our rules” and violate the social media company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.” Then, on their What’s happening section, elevated a debunked Washington Post story that falsely claimed Joe Biden played no role in pressuring top Ukrainian officials to fire Viktor Shokin, the country’s top prosecutor, despite Biden admitting to it himself in 2018.
Dorsey believed the company refusing to disclose their reasons for suppressing the news story was “unacceptable.” “Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable,” Dorsey said late Wednesday. With his upcoming testimony, hopefully the American people will receive answers regarding the brazen cover up of the immense corruption within one of the largest political families.