Twitter, Facebook CEOs Subpoenaed by Senate Judiciary Committee

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by Christine Niles  •  •  October 22, 2020   

Will face tough questioning over censorship of Hunter Biden bombshell

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WASHINGTON ( - On the same day as the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to send Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the full Senate, the panel also held a vote to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Both social media platforms had censored a New York Post exposé Oct. 14 revealing Hunter's laptop contained information proving Vice President Joe Biden profited in the millions of dollars from Hunter's questionable business dealings in Ukraine and China.

While Facebook limited distribution of the story as it conducted "fact checking" of the piece, Twitter blocked the report altogether, banning it from its platform and locking any account that tried to share it.

Among high-profile accounts locked by Twitter were that of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the GOP Judiciary Committee, the Trump Campaign and The New York Post itself, among others. They were required to delete The Post's report before restoring access to their account.

The Post is refusing to delete the report in order to restore its account and is standing by its story.

"Tell me this doesn't enrage you," tweeted Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor for The New York Post. "Ayatollah Khamenei — the anti-American and anti-Semitic leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran — gets to tweet freely. The NY Post — America's oldest continuously published newspaper, founded by Alexander Hamilton — is shut out of the platform."

Reports show the social media platforms' attempts to censor the story actually doubled its viewership.

"Twitter managed to do the opposite of what it intended," according to an MIT Technology Review, which reviewed sharing data of the controversial story. "The New York Post story, which was blocked on Twitter for about a day, was shared 352,200 times on the platform."

Ahmari revealed that Facebook uses a team of Chinese nationals to help censor stories on its platform:

There are at least half a dozen "Chinese nationals who are working on censorship," a former Facebook insider told me last week. "So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, 'Hey, we're going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.'"

The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It's called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching "computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed," as the techy website puts it.

President Trump is expected to raise the issue of Hunter's laptop at Thursday's presidential debate, although it remains to be seen how Biden will respond. While he has called the mushrooming scandal "a smear campaign," neither he nor Hunter have denied the authenticity of the emails or photos — some of which feature child porn, as confirmed by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has turned over the pictures to the Delaware State Police.

Relating the contents of text messages from Hunter to his father, Giuliani said that Hallie Biden, Hunter's former girlfriend, told Hunter's therapist that he "was sexually inappropriate" with an unnamed 14-year-old girl.

The text messages were "supported by numerous pictures of underage girls," said Giuliani.

Worse, sources say the 14-year-old is Hunter's relative.

A source close to the matter, though, who claims to have seen the images on Hunter’s laptop, told Revolver that about one-third of the images are of the same underage girl. Some of the images are topless, while in others she is shown in suggestive positions with Hunter himself.

Remarkably, while Giuliani has not alleged this, Revolver's source claimed that the illicit photos on Hunter’s laptop were of a member of the Biden family.

The FBI has confirmed Hunter's laptop was subpoenaed in December 2019 as part of a wider criminal probe into money laundering. It remains unclear why the FBI has not arrested Hunter if there is child porn on his hard drive.

The motion to subpoena Dorsey and Zuckerberg passed 12–0.

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