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Mark Zuckerberg’s Explanation of Hunter Biden Censorship Enrages MAGA World | #socialmedia | #hacking | #aihp

Conservatives blasted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for stating that his social network suppressed reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.

During an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast Thursday, Zuckerberg explained Facebook’s handling of a report alleging that the laptop contained evidence that then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son was engaged in influence peddling. Zuckerberg’s comments renewed anger by conservatives who’ve accused law enforcement, mainstream press and social media of trying to quash information damaging to President Biden.

“This isn’t just insane, it’s election interference,” Republican Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia tweeted. He added that Zuckerberg should be required to testify under oath before the House Oversight Committee.

Mark Zuckerberg, via video, speaks at Into the Metaverse: Creators, Commerce and Connection during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Austin Convention Center on March 15, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook suppressed a report regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop.
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The controversy began when the New York Post published a story in October 2020, a month before the presidential election in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump. The right-leaning paper reported that computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac said Hunter Biden had dropped off a damaged laptop in 2019 and never returned to pick it up.

The laptop contained a 2015 email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, to Hunter Biden seeking a meeting with his father, who was then vice president, according to the Post.

The story was ignored by other media outlets and Twitter blocked links to it from being shared on the platform. The controversy was renewed this spring when The New York Times confirmed the existence of emails and that Hunter Biden was being investigated by federal law enforcement.

Zuckerberg told Rogan that Facebook took a “different path than Twitter” but still limited sharing of the story after the FBI warned him that it was part of a Russian disinformation campaign intended to sway the 2020 election.

“We don’t want to be deciding what’s true and false,” Zuckerberg said. “And for the—I think it was five or seven days when it was basically being determined whether it was false—the distribution on Facebook was decreased. But people are still allowed to share so you can still share it, you can still consume it.”

Zuckerberg said the story appeared less in Facebook’s news feed and “fewer people saw it and would have otherwise.” He didn’t say by how much, but told Rogan it was “meaningful.”

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