As Twitchy reported earlier, a Facebook employee who just happened to work previously for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and presidential candidate John Kerry announced that he would not be linking to the New York Post’s piece on Hunter Biden’s recovered emails, in part because the story hadn’t yet been fact-checked by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners. Furthermore, Facebook would be “reducing its distribution.”
Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr noted what a lot of us did — this seemed to be the first time Facebook decided it had to fact-check an article before allowing it to be distributed on its platform.
Zuckerberg: “I don’t think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth”
Facebook: We’re censoring a news story as “misinformation” *before* any “third-party fact checking.” https://t.co/ythskziNcp
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) October 14, 2020
— SPRINTS BACK (@sprintsback) October 14, 2020
A platform for all ideas.
No, not that idea or that or that or that…
— Terry Kinder (@tkinder) October 14, 2020
Burn it all down!!!
— SouthSideOfSquonk (@OfSquonk) October 14, 2020
Please take action somehow before Election Day. Their interference could flip the result by suppressing truth.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 14, 2020
When did social media have the obligation to arbitrate the facts? You can’t reduce distributions if you can’t verify it’s false information. @ Facebook. oh I almost forgot Facebook is working for CCP
— Shawn (@hellonewchina) October 14, 2020
They’re both engaging in CCP tactics with this censorship. It’s blatant. We are no longer free.
— Altuve 4HoF (@ErinAstrosFan) October 14, 2020
We just misunderstood what he was trying to say. They aren’t Arbiters of Truth, they are the Ministry of Truth and tell you what’s true.#Orwellian
— Jonathan Greenwell (@Greenswole) October 14, 2020
Are they platforms or publishers?
— Guy Squiggs (@GuySquiggs) October 14, 2020
Something has to be done Mr. Carr, not sure at what level – Section 230 etc. – we’re going to lose our country at this rate.
— Fans of ‘Chip (@FansOfMicrochp) October 14, 2020
So what are you going to do about it. They obviously do not fear any repercussions.
— Jaro (@Kidmanlookalike) October 14, 2020
I expect more from you than a tweet in response
— 🦅 E Deploribus Awesome 🦅 (@Citizen_USA1) October 14, 2020
— uhhhhh (@DCHokiefan) October 14, 2020
Zuckerberg committed perjury.
— Crowderfan (@Crowderfan1) October 14, 2020
Facebook announces it is reducing the distribution of the NY Post’s Hunter Biden article https://t.co/xSWDOxxHcG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 14, 2020