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Oct 26, 2020

Twitter and Facebook block suspicious story about Joe Biden's son Hunter


The Kenyanpost news

Facebook and Twitter are preventing users from sharing a story about Hunter Biden, which was published in circumstances an expert in foreign interference described as "highly suspicious".

Two articles published in the New York Post claim to present evidence that Hunter Biden, the son of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, introduced a Ukrainian businessman to his father, when he was vice president.

This alleged evidence was stolen from a laptop left at a computer repair shop, whose owner passed it to Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who then provided it to the tabloid newspaper, as it reported.

The Biden campaign has denied that a meeting alleged in the documents obtained by the New York Post ever took place.

Twitter said it was preventing two articles from the tabloid being shared due its policy on hacked materials, as well as because images in the articles - cited as evidence - include personal and private information.A spokesperson for Facebook said that the platform was "reducing the distribution" of the article as fact-checkers analysed it, as part of the company's standard process to tackle misinformation.

President Trump criticised the decisions of the social media giants, tweeting: "So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of 'Smoking Gun' emails related to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son.


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