By Duncan Smith
When we first saw the news that both Facebook and Twitter were purposely going to censor a bombshell story revealing never-before-reported connections between former Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and an official with Ukrainian energy giant Burisma, we thought that’s pretty brazen — even for two social media entities already known to censor conservatives.
But now we have a better indication as to why the two social media behemoths would incur the wrath of Congress and, possibly, the Trump Justice Department.
It appears as though the two companies have a direct connection to the Joe Biden presidential transition team.
Go figure, right?
Breitbart News reported in September that Twitter Public Policy Director Carlos Monje left the social media company to join the transition team for Joe Biden. Monje's specific role on the team has not been made clear and Biden's transition team reportedly declined to comment on the situation.
Despite a specific role not being named, Monje will reportedly be serving as co-chair of Biden's infrastructure policy committee and has already helped to host a fundraiser for Biden this week, according to an invitation sent to Politico. …
In October, Breitbart News further reported that Biden's transition team had hired top Facebook executive Jessica Hertz to its general counsel to oversee ethical issues. The move reportedly came as the campaign struggles with Facebook to have posts by President Trump censored on the platform. This is the second Big Tech executive to join Biden's campaign. Hertz will reportedly be responsible for 'enforcement, oversight, and compliance' of the ethics plan that Biden's team unveiled this week.
New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari called the social media blockage a “digital civil war.”
This is a Big Tech information coup. This is digital civil war.
I, an editor at The New York Post, one of the nation's largest papers by circulation, can't post one of our own stories that details corruption by a major-party presidential candidate, Biden. pic.twitter.com/BKNQmAG19H
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) October 14, 2020
He’s right, of course.
But precisely nothing will change at the social media behemoths if they are not held legally liable for what they’re doing.
Open censorship is a blatant violation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The fact that one Facebook executive, Andy Stone — a former Democratic Party operative — openly admitted his platform was censoring the story instantly turned the platform into a publisher, and as such no longer legally shielded from liability actions.
While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook's third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 14, 2020
Are any forthcoming?
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