This week has been a weird one for the First Amendment, as a story in the New York Post has been summarily squashed by the world’s most powerful social media companies.
The story in question purports that data recovered from a laptop allegedly belong to Hunter Biden indicates that Joe Biden’s son Hunter had indeed dragged the former Vice President into a meeting with Burisma executives, which is not the story that we’ve been told from the start.
As soon as the Post dropped the story, Twitter and Facebook began openly and unapologetically suppressing its reach, drawing criticism from all corners of the political spectrum.
The latest to weigh in on the censorship is none other than Chris Wallace of Fox News.
“I’ve got a real problem with that. I think you’re either in or you’re out,” Wallace said. “And when I say that, either it’s the Wild West and you post everything — and I can understand the concern about that after what happened in 2016 with Russian disinformation — or you put everything out there and if you have a problem with some of it … then put a word on there to your users and say, ‘We can’t confirm this story’ or ‘There’s some questions with this story.’
“But to just ban it and to say, ‘Nobody is allowed to discuss this story or post this story’ — which, you know, is out there and you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, it was the front page of the New York Post — really strikes me as smacking of Big Brother.”
Critics of the social media maneuver believe that Twitter and Facebook could be interfering with the 2020 election by restricting the reach of this story.