Facebook announced on Wednesday they will be “reducing” the spread of the new New York Post story about Hunter Biden, which claims new emails and photos shed light on his foreign business dealings, as it undergoes a review by “third-party fact checking partners.”
The announcement was made by Andy Stone, who currently works as Policy Communications Manager for Facebook. In his tweet, he made it a point to not link to the Post’s story, adding, “I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Stone has a history of working for Democrats before joining Facebook. According to Stone’s LinkedIn, he has previously worked as a western regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a press secretary for former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and a communications director for House Majority PAC.
Michael Knowles@michaeljknowlesDemocrat operatives at Facebook are suppressing information about Democrat corruption weeks before a presidential election. They don’t even dispute the story. They don’t have a shred of evidence it isn’t true. They don’t just want it to spread.
Andy Stone@andymstoneWhile I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.6:35 PM · Oct 14, 2020641392 people are Tweeting about this
The Post reported, citing obtained emails, that “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”
The Post also published never-before-seen photos of Hunter, including one where there is a crack pipe in his mouth as he is sleeping, saying they were from a hard drive that was from a computer that was dropped off at a repair shop and was never paid for or retrieved.
In addition, when users try to clink on links that were already tweeted, it brings them to a page that reads, “The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter’s URL Policy.”