Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) blasted off a letter to Facebook on Wednesday demanding that they answer for their choice to censor a story by the New York Post that claimed to establish a connection between Ukrainian corruption and Joe Biden — a connection that the Biden campaign has long denied.
According to Breitbart, a communications representative for Facebook, Andy Stone, said in a tweet earlier Wednesday that the Post‘s article was “eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” he wrote.
This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation. We temporarily reduce distribution pending fact-checker review. https://t.co/vf3CBvLmjj
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 14, 2020
But that was not anywhere near sufficient for Josh Hawley, a Republican senator and staunch defender of free speech.
“The seemingly selective nature of this public intervention suggests partiality on the part of Facebook,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as Breitbart reported. “And your efforts to suppress the distribution of content revealing potentially unethical activity by a candidate for president raises several additional questions, to which I expect responses immediately.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 14, 2020
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