“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace spoke with the “Fox News Rundown” podcast on Friday about reports of Facebook and Twitter restricting users from sharing a series of bombshell New York Post reports surrounding Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings.
Chris Wallace stated that the big tech platforms’ censorship of the stories “really strikes me as smacking of Big Brother.”
“I’ve got a real problem with that. I think you’re either in or you’re out. And when I say that, either it’s the Wild West and you post everything — and I can understand the concern about that after what happened in 2016 with Russian disinformation — or you put everything out there and if you have a problem with some of it … then put a word on there to your users and say, ‘We can’t confirm this story’ or ‘There’s some questions with this story.’ But to just ban it and to say, ‘Nobody is allowed to discuss this story or post this story’ — which, you know, is out there and you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, it was the front page of the New York Post — really strikes me as smacking of Big Brother,” Wallace said.
On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that it had obtained emails from a laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden, which was allegedly abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware.
One of the emails recovered from the laptop indicated that Hunter Biden had introduced an executive from Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company he was on the board of, to his father Joe Biden, who was the vice president of the United States at the time of the meeting. Joe Biden has consistently denied discussing his son’s overseas business dealings with him, and the Biden campaign has denied any formal meeting with the Burisma executive took place.
Soon after the Post story was published, Facebook Policy Communications Director and former Democratic congressional staffer Andy Stone announced that Facebook would be “reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Twitter followed Facebook’s example, and started blocking users from sharing the Post story, citing a violation of the platform’s “Hacked Materials Policy.”
On Friday, Wallace said that the moves by these big tech platforms had “backfired because … it has created not just a story about the story, but a story about how big [social] media giants are.”
Wallace went on to describe the Post report as “very sketchy.”
“Not saying it’s not true, but it seems to me it needs a lot of investigation. The guy who ran the computer store is supposedly legally blind, he’s not sure who even came in with the computers. He says that, although the story keeps changing, that he gave it to the FBI last December. But, you know, they’re not confirming that,” he added.
“Now, he’s saying that he gave it to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer. Rudy Giuliani is not the most independent source on all this stuff. So I think it’s absolutely worth investigating, but I’m not sure I’d even go with it at this point,” Wallace continued.