Twitter CEO Dorsey Responds To Biden Block-Gate: Unacceptable

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Update (2000ET): Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all day, you’ll know that Twitter and Facebook have been escalating their censorship of a shocking New York Post story showing emails (to and from Hunter Biden) that clearly contradict Joe Biden’s claims that he never discussed business with his son.

The authenticity of the contents of the emails was not denied by the Biden campaign and furthermore, the possibility of an off-the-books meeting between the VP and the Ukrainian executive was not denied:



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Several GOP lawmakers got officially ‘involved’, including Rep Jim Jordan, who issued his own letter to Facebook demanding an explanation for why it decided to censor the Hunter Biden story.

Facebook reiterated its warning that that the U.S.’s foreign adversaries, including Russia, might seek to trick journalists into amplifying hacked or inaccurate content they want to spread ahead of an election.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, issued this warning again Wednesday on Twitter, “given this morning’s news cycle.” He did not directly say whether this was why Facebook took action on the New York Post content.

Then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey offered his comment, rapidly backpedaling on the actions his firm had taken:

Which sounded somewhat genuine, until the company attempted to provide “much needed  clarity” about its decision.

The company then tried to cover its action by laying out a step-by-step explanation of how the story violated its terms of service. Notably, many of the examples it offered are routinely exhibited in news stories of all kinds.

The main offense that it’s leaning on: publishing personal photos without the explicit permission of the subject.

News media have long respected the privacy of private individuals, but when it comes to public figures, all bets are off. At least that’s what many reporters are taught in journalism school.

“We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we’ve taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning.”

Did President Trump give NBC News permission to publish that recording of him talking to Billy Bush?

Oh and one more thing…

Now, as we wait to learn more about Facebook’s thought process, will Zuckerberg personally weigh in?

When will this be stopped? As Tucker Carlson said tonight: “Soon we’re going to do a show where we just read the names of all the Republicans…who refused to lift a finger to save you from what you correctly described as this grave moment in American history.”

As the uproar over Twitter & Facebook’s efforts to suppress Wednesday’s New York Post exposè intensifies, Twitter has (begrudgingly, we imagine) made mention of the scandal in its trending topics.

Ironically, Streisand Effect is trending nationally – that’s a subtle reference to the principle of how trying to suppress information often accidentally causes it to spread.

Several slots below that is #HunterBiden.

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Quietly backtracking suggests Twitter is beginning to regret its decision to censor the story.

Meanwhile, as the mainstream media desperately tries to change the subject…

..Ted Cruz, coming in hot off his performance during the ACB hearings this week, tweeted a copy of a letter he recently sent to the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey

As Cruz argues in the letter, like myriad other newspaper reports published during the Trump era (too many to even begin to name here), the NYPost story was based on “leaked email correspondence”. He adds that the decision to suppress the story was “hypocritical”, given the company has allowed plenty of other less definitively sourced reporting to spread unchecked.

Twitter well-knows its incredible ability to influence public dialogue by promoting some stories while suppressing others, and it has plainly decided that the American people should not be seeing or discussing this particular story, which could significantly influence voters’ views of candidate Biden.

Cruz concluded that “this can only be seen as an obvious and transparent attempt by Twitter to influence the upcoming Presidential election,” and demanded that the social media company turn over important details to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

The most important of the four question (the first three mostly cover the whos, wheres, whens, and hows) is the last one, which asks Twitter to cite a “neutral principle” which would explain why the reporting on the Steele dossier was allowed to go unquestioned, but this story, reported in the country’s 4th-highest circulation newspaper, must be censored because it’s “dangerous”.

An editor at the Post accused Twitter of waging a “digital civil war” against conservatives, citing this as the latest evidence.

By censoring the NYPost story, Twitter and Facebook have effectively allowed what many would have written off as “just another crazy Hunter story” to take on a life of its own. Ironically, they’ve accomplished what they were purportedly trying to prevent: they’ve given the story even more oxygen.

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Update (1455ET): If you thought Twitter’s censorship of the NYPost Hunter Biden exposé couldn’t get anymore Orwellian, well, you were wrong.

As if preventing users from sharing the link wasn’t enough, the platform has now deleted the NYP’s initial tweet.

We imagine it did so after a flood of hysterical leftists smashed that “report tweet” button.

Meanwhile, after the Biden campaign neglected to comment on the veracity of the emails shared in the NYPost expose, the White House pool reporter reported that the Biden campaign had called a “lid” – that is, an end to all in-person campaign-related events – before 10am, ensuring the former VP wouldn’t have any prolonged in person contact with reporters on the same day the expose dropped.

As we’ve explained in the past, a “lid” is essentially permission for the doting reporters covering Biden’s campaign to head home for the day. His campaign’s frequent use of the practice has drawn more unwanted attention to the cozy relationship between the Biden campaign and the Washington Press corp.

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Update (1430ET): Twitter is now apparently flagging this morning’s NY Post report as “unsafe” and refusing to allow its users to share it.

This is an escalation from earlier, when Twitter was merely prompting users to reconsider before sharing.

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Update (1405ET): While left-wing conspiracy theorists try to denounce the emails published by the NYP as fake, the Trump Campaign has just pointed out something very interesting in its latest comment on the issue.

We’re also seeing an avalanche of memes.

While the hard drive has been turned over to the FBI, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmed it’s working with the computer repairman who initially discovered the hard drive to “verify” the documents. The repairman initially contacted the committee back in September, one day after it released the report on conflicts related to Hunter, per the NY Post.

Some other revelations have been publicized from the email cache: In a follow-up piece, the NY Post revealed that Blue Star Strategies, identified by the NY Post as a “Democratic” PR firm, leaked the minutes of an administration conference call to Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi along with Hunter Biden and his former business partner Devon Archer.

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Update (1145ET): Rumor has it that one of the lewd videos mentioned earlier features Hunter Biden smoking crack and having sexual relations with an unidentified woman.

MSM organizations may have largely ignored findings from a Senate Intel Committee report, released last month, which claimed that some of Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine raised “counterintelligence and extortion” concerns. On the day that report dropped, Rep Adam Schiff brushed it aside, accusing his GOP colleagues in the Senate of “promoting the same Russian disinformation”, per the New York Post.

Well, we’d be interested to hear what Schiff & Company have to say about this.

In a shocking report based on documents collected by the FBI – but which haven’t been previously disclosed in the press – the New York Post reveals that Hunter Biden introduced his father – then the Vice President of the United States – to a top executive at Burisma, the shady Ukrainian energy firm where Biden once served as a board member.

Emails contained in the report shed new light on Biden’s claims that he successfully forced former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a public prosecutor named Viktor Shokin. Biden bragged about leveraging $1 billion in US aid to force Poroshenko to fire Shokin, who was opposed by both the US and the EU. However, Shokin was reportedly working on an investigation into the management and executive board of Burisma, a group that included Hunter Biden, and his former business partner Devon Archer, whose conviction on securities fraud charges in the US was recently reinstated.

The emails offer evidence that Hunter Biden did in fact introduce his father to a top executive at Burisma less than a year before the vice president moved to oust Shokin, thereby quashing an investigation into the firm. The meeting is referenced in emails between Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to the board of Burisma, who sent Biden an email on April 17, 2015 thanking him for the introduction.

Another email also shows Pozharskyi, believed to be the No. 3 exec at Burisma, asking Biden about how the political scion could “use your influence” to help Burisma.

All of this would seem to undermine Biden’s claim that he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings”, which also included extensive dealings in China.

Another email dated on May 12, 2014, shortly after Hunter joined the board, shows Pozharskyi attempting to pressure Biden to use his “political leverage” to help the company. The message included the subject line “urgent issue” and also references an attempted “shakedown” by Ukrainian prosecutors under Poroshenko. According to Pozharskyi, prosecutors in the country had approached a man referred to as “NZ”, who was identified by the Post as Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, who went by the Americanized name “Nicholas”.

When “NZ” rebuffed their threats, they proceeded with “concrete actions” including “one or more pretrial proceedings,” Pozharskyi wrote.

“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions,” he added.

The timing of the email is also notable: It was sent just as Burisma was announcing Biden’s decision to join the executive board.

It’s merely the latest piece of evidence suggesting that the company brought Biden on to manage its “legal affairs” because it likely believed his pull with the US would protect Burisma from these types of prosecutorial “shakedowns”.

In addition to the emails, the drive contained photos, some of which were shared with the Post. They spanned from family snaps of Hunter with his father and his kids, to selfies of Biden smoking cigarettes in a variety of unusual poses.

According to the Post, the images and correspondence were taken from the hard drive of a laptop that was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware, and never retrieved. After seeing what was on the hard drive, the owner of the shop copied it, and turned it over to a lawyer connected with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani reportedly turned it over to the NY Post over the weekend.

We imagine the MSM will cover up this report, as is standard practice for any concerning information involving Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.



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