Finally! Sen. Josh Hawley calls for FEC investigation into big tech censorship benefiting Biden election bid

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- We have heard a lot of rhetoric from politicians on Capitol Hill about trying to “rein in” social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter. That’s about all that’s been done…talk. Perhaps after the latest throttling of a major news story by the two outlets something will be done once and for all.

Breitbart News is reporting Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has written a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking for an investigation into their censorship of a bombshell New York Post story about Hunter and Joe Biden.

Hawley said that the social media censorship during an election is tantamount to an in-kind campaign contribution to the campaign of Joe Biden.

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The latest adventure in tech censorship occurred this week, when the New York Post published a bombshell news story about a significant revelation about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The story reported that despite claims to the contrary, Biden had allegedly met with an executive of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company when he was vice president.

Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son was working as a board member for the company and arranged the meeting while acting as a lobbyist for the company.

The Post’s story was gleaned from a series of emails that were downloaded from a computer which Hunter Biden had abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop when he left it there for repairs, yet never picked up.

In his letter, Hawley told Stevenson, the FEC’s Acting General Counsel, that by suppressing the New York Post story, it could be construed that Facebook and Twitter were in fact making an in-kind contribution to the Biden campaign.

Hawley, who is a former Missouri attorney general said:

“A ‘contribution’ includes ‘anything of value…for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office. 52 U.S.C. § 30101(8)(A)(i). Twitter’s and Facebook’s active suppression of public speech about the New York Post article appears to constitute contributions under federal law. There can be no serious doubt that the Biden campaign derives extraordinary value from depriving voters’ access to information that, if true, would link the former Vice President to corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs. And this censorship manifestly will influence the presidential election.

These possible campaign-finance violations by two of the most powerful corporations in America comes only weeks before Election Day, and while millions of Americans are in the midst of voting.”

In addition, Hawley took aim at Facebook’s decision to suppress access of the Post story in a letter to Facebook. He wrote:

“The seemingly selective nature of this public intervention suggests partiality on the part of Facebook. And your efforts to suppress the distribution of content revealing potentially unethical activity by a candidate for president raises several additional questions, to which I expect responses immediately.”

Hawley continued his letter to Stevenson, writing:

“I ask that the FEC take immediate action to investigate these potential violations and, if appropriate, take remedial action to prevent further interference with the 2020 presidential election.”

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Hawley’s letter comes after a Facebook executive tweeted after the Post story was published that “we are reducing [the story’s] distribution on our platform.”

Shortly afterward, Twitter also throttled the story, with Twitter users being unable to either retweet the story, link to it, or direct message the post link to other users. RedState noted that they were able to share the story through their feed.

RedState said that Facebook claimed the action they took was “part of our standard process to reduce the spread of disinformation,” which is of course a crock.

Facebook had no such problem several weeks ago when anonymous “whistleblowers” told The Atlantic about comments President Trump allegedly made about World War I veterans, which were debunked immediately by actual witnesses who went on the record.

Meanwhile, Twitter warned its users that the Post link might me malicious or spammy, or might violate Twitter rules, which they seem to make up as they go.

Hawley submitted a list of questions to Facebook and Twitter as follows:

  1. How did Twitter determine that the New York Post story was a violation of its policy governing the distribution of hacked materials or approach to blocking links? Will Twitter make its decision-making process with regard to this case of content removal publicly available?
  2. How did Twitter find that the New York Post was “directly” distributing hacked materials—and thus in violation of its policy—when it is not clear that this is the case?
  3. Why did Twitter take additional, unprecedented action to lock the primary Twitter account of the New York Post, one of the nation’s most widely-distributed newspapers?
  4. If you have evidence that this news story contains “disinformation” or have otherwise determined that there are inaccuracies with the reporting, will you disclose them to the public so that they can assess your findings?
  5. Did any member of the Biden-Harris presidential campaign or any person representing themselves as a representative of the campaign’s interests ask, encourage, or direct Twitter to suppress the New York Post?

The same questions were posed to Facebook.

After that, Hawley called out to fellow Republicans to pass legislation which would amend Section 230, which basically protects companies such as Twitter and Facebook from litigation and certain other regulations since they are not considered “publishers.”

Which is a joke, because clearly, both platforms, as well as others such as LinkedIn and YouTube specifically and directly control the content that is posted, and have historically throttled only conservatives.

The controversy stemmed from the Post story, which alleged that Hunter Biden had dropped off his computer to get repaired. When he never returned to retrieve the computer, the owner of the business took possession of the computer as abandoned property.

Upon checking the hard drive of the computer, the owner found a number of emails within, along with suggestive pictures of Hunter Biden, one in which he was smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. However, it was the emails that were of specific interest.

When the owner found the information on the hard drive, he contacted the FBI who allegedly told him not to be concerned about it, but they would take the computer.

He made a copy of the hard drive and kept it. He then contacted the office of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) but never heard back.

Finally, he contacted Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and lawyer for President Trump. He turned the information over to the New York Post.

The most damning item found on the hard drive was a 2015 email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma Holding to Hunter Biden, in which he thanked him for setting up a meeting with his father, Joe Biden in Washington, D.C.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spen[d]some time together. It’s real[ly] an honor and pleasure,” the email read.

In a previous email from 2014, Pozharskyi requested that Hunter Biden “use your influence” to stop political and government attacks on Burisma, which was involved in a corruption probe.

What does that mean? It means Hunter Biden used his father’s position to enrich at least himself and possibly other members of the Biden family, including his father. That remains to be seen.

The elder Biden has repeatedly denying any involvement in Burisma and claimed he didn’t know much about Hunter Biden’s connection to the company. This story would appear to contradict Biden and could be the “October surprise” that seems to be a staple of presidential politics.

The Biden campaign gave a tepid response to the story, only claiming that they “reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” said Andrew Bates, Biden 2020 spokesman.

Among accounts locked out or suspended for sharing the Post story were the one for Trump 2020 and that of White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.

It is far past time to get these tech companies under control. They have clearly thrown down with one political party and are censoring speech from the other side. They need a comeuppance and they need it now.

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