September 17, 2021

FEC Clears Twitter of Any Election Crimes

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By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) cleared Twitter of any crimes related to suppressing the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story. The social media giant claims they initially suppressed the story because they were told rumors by intelligence officials that Biden could be hacked. The story initially broke 2 weeks ahead of the election, but it was not shareable on Twitter until after the election was over.

The Background: 
In his first term, President Trump faced dozens of investigations and they all found no evidence of alleged collusion with Russia.

The Democrats used the full force of the United States intelligence community to leave no stone unturned.

President Biden, on the other hand, has had the luxury of a friendly press and tech industry to help him squash any unwanted stories.

The New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story broke just before the 2020 election and Twitter almost immediately banned it from their website. 

Earlier this week they were cleared of any election crimes by the FEC. The bipartisan board cleared them of all charges. 

Twitter claims that intelligence officials told them Biden was in danger of being hacked through his son Hunter. This is the purported reason for blocking the New York Post story.

Notable Quotes: 

"The use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets." - Twitter’s “Hacked Material Policy”

“[Twitter] made the editorial judgment that links to the New York Post articles were not 'fit to print'—or, restated, 'fit to share.'" - Statement from FEC 

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