Fox News reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently said that his platform restricted the ability of users to see reports on Hunter Biden’s laptop prior to the 2020 election after receiving a warning from the FBI.
While the FBI has since denied that it engaged in any election interference, critics aren’t convinced.
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According to Fox News, Zuckerberg’s comments came last week during an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, who asked why Facebook had helped to suppress the story.
“Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us- some folks on our team and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert… We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that, basically, there’s about to be some kind of dump of that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant,'” Zuckerberg said.
The New York Post has extensively reported on Biden’s laptop since first breaking the story weeks before Americans were set to vote.
The paper revealed last week that a poll conducted by Technometrica Institute of Policy and Politics found 79% of Americans believe accurate coverage of Hunter Biden’s business activities and the potential involvement of his father would have changed the election’s outcome.
Although Republicans were the group most likely to think censorship of the laptop story helped President Joe Biden secure victory, almost half of Democrats thought so as well.
Meanwhile, Fox Business reported that the FBI responded to the controversy by releasing a statement.
“The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, local, and private sector partners to keep the public informed of potential threats, but the FBI cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received,” it said.
For its part, Facebook’s parent company put out a statement of its own which insisted that the FBI shared “nothing specific about Hunter Biden.”
As we’ve said, nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story is new. Below is what Mark told Sen. Johnson in Oct 2020 and what Mark told Joe Rogan this week. The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference – nothing specific about Hunter Biden. https://t.co/pHtzvh6r0r
— Meta Newsroom (@MetaNewsroom) August 26, 2022
However, HotAir columnist Jazz Shaw made clear in a piece published this past weekend that he doesn’t buy the denials, pointing out how “the FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop in their possession” during the time period in question and knew it to be genuine.