FBI Responds To Zuckerberg Claim On Hunter Biden Story

The FBI responded to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s claims that Facebook limited the views of a 2020 story about Hunter Biden. The Bureau said it “routinely notifies” social media companies and other private sector entities of information it deems as related to potential threats.

Zuckerberg appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast Thursday and startled many when he said that Facebook limited stories related to the New York Post’s revelations about President Joe Biden’s son.

The decision, he said, was based on the FBI’s misinformation warnings.

The Post’s story is now taken quite seriously. It alleged that data from a discarded laptop from Hunter Biden indicated that the president may have used his position in the Obama White House to aid his son in foreign business dealings.

Many who heard Zuckerberg’s comments blasted Facebook for censoring negative coverage of Joe Biden leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Some asserted that the social media platform acted as an “arm of government.”

In response to Zuckerberg’s remarks and the ensuing outcry, the FBI said that it disperses information to allow entities to “decide how to better defend against threats.”

It also stated that it gives “foreign threat indicators” to help the platforms prevent abuse by “foreign malign influence actors.”

The FBI noted that it cannot ask or demand that companies take certain actions based on the information it gives. It does, however, pass it along to “federal, state, local, and private sector partners.”

Facebook also responded to Zuckerberg’s statements by tweeting that nothing in the Rogan interview represented new information. The Meta CEO and Facebook co-founder told Congress two years ago that the FBI warned about “foreign interference.”

Meta tweeted that the warnings were “general” and that they contained “nothing specific about Hunter Biden.”

Multiple allegations of Russian “collusion” during the 2016 campaign were proven false.

General warnings are one thing, but Zuckerberg told Rogan that Facebook took very specific action to keep the Hunter Biden story from being prominently displayed. Without proof of a “foreign actor,” that amounts to censorship and smells strongly of election interference. Just not by Russia.