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Virtual Legality Episode 340

Who Censors the Censors? On Facebook, Twitter, Biden, and the NY Post

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9m Oct 15, 2020
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Facebook and Twitter have acted, almost simultaneously, to restrict or ban dissemination of a New York Post article implicating Hunter Biden and his father, presidential candidate Joe Biden, in Ukrainian malfeasance, all on the back of an apparently abandoned laptop.

Is it real? Is it fake?

Big Tech doesn't want you to judge for yourself, and that's a problem...in Virtual Legality.

#Twitter #Facebook #Biden


Discussed in this episode:

"Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad"
NY Post - October 14, 2020 - Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge
https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/

"While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post..."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - Andy Stone (@andymstone)
https://twitter.com/andymstone/status/1316395902479872000

"Helping to Protect the 2020 US Elections"
Facebook Blog - October 21, 2019
https://about.fb.com/news/2019/10/update-on-election-integrity-efforts/

"Honestly unbelievable."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@hoeglaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1316476676684107777

"I’m beginning to think these Big Tech companies are..."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@hoeglaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1316567702174003200

"Our communication around our actions on the [NY Post] article was not great."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - jack (@jack)
https://twitter.com/jack/status/1316528193621327876

"We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we’ve taken..."
Thread - October 14, 2020 - Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety)
https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1316525303930458115

"Private information policy"
Twitter Help Center
https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/personal-information

"Distribution of hacked material policy"
Twitter Help Center
https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/hacked-materials

"Rights and Title to Abandoned Personal Property"
Delaware Code Section 4001
https://delcode.delaware.gov/title25/c040/index.shtml

"Twitter locks out Kayleigh McEnany from her personal account for sharing New York Post's Hunter Biden report"
Fox News - October 14, 2020
https://www.foxnews.com/media/twitter-locks-out-kayleigh-mcenany-hunter-biden

"House GOP reposts Hunter Biden story in press release, gets censored by Twitter"
Fox News - October 15, 2020
https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/twitter-censors-house-gop-press-release-after-lawmakers-post-hunter-biden-story-in-full

"Facebook, Twitter make editorial decisions to limit distribution of story claiming to show ‘smoking gun’ emails related to Biden and his son"
CNBC - October 14, 2020
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/14/facebook-makes-editorial-decision-to-limit-nypost-biden-story.html

"I am asking the Federal Election Commission whether this coordinated intervention..."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO)
https://twitter.com/HawleyMO/status/1316471873467822080

"My letter to the FEC..."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO)
https://twitter.com/HawleyMO/status/1316479599329587201

"Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material"
47 USC 230 (CDA 230)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

"I like that they aren't letting misinformation spread."
Tweet - October 14, 2020 - ramses (@Ramrod316)
https://twitter.com/Ramrod316/status/1316568320988987393

"Even with the "breadth" of political punditry on display in 2020..."
Tweet - August 5, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@hoeglaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1291128331086303234

"Trump Knew for Days That Rudy’s Hit on Hunter Biden Was Coming"
Daily Beast - October 14, 2020
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-knew-for-weeks-that-rudy-giulianis-hit-on-hunter-biden-was-coming

"Facebook, Twitter Put Restrictions on New York Post’s Hunter Biden ‘Smoking Gun’ Story"
Variety - October 14, 2020
https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/facebook-twitter-ny-post-hunter-biden-smoking-gun-story-1234805177/

"As a private entity Twitter can do what it wants..."
Twitter - October 14, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@hoeglaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1316475775781154818


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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