House GOP demands Meta communications with FBI over Hunter Biden report
By Brian Fung, CNN
House Republicans want Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to hand over a wide range of additional documents regarding the company’s handling of a 2020 New York Post article containing allegations about Hunter Biden, after Zuckerberg reported last week that an FBI warning about Russian propaganda contributed to the article. temporary deletion on Facebook at the time.
In a letter to Zuckerberg on Thursday, 35 GOP lawmakers said the Facebook co-founder should provide and “preserve all existing and future records and records” held by Meta that show the FBI addressing the New York Post report; that relate to the agency’s warnings about election disinformation; and that describe Facebook’s actions in response.
Zuckerberg should do the same with any communication with the Democratic National Committee about the New York Post article, the letter adds.
“Government-led censorship enforced by big tech suppresses free speech and freedom of thought online in ways that harm public discourse,” the lawmakers wrote. “Facebook’s removal of the Post article — and the Biden family corruption allegations highly relevant to the 2020 presidential election — following FBI advice is deeply troubling.”
The letter asked Meta to provide the information by September 15.
Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter, but the company said last week that nothing in the FBI warnings specifically related to Hunter Biden.
In a statement released last week, the FBI said it “regularly informs U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of information about potential threats, so they can decide how best to defend themselves.” against threats.
Zuckerberg recently appeared to link Facebook’s handling of the New York Post article to the FBI’s warnings in an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, saying the authorities’ general message about election interference has put Facebook on high alert. . The article’s distribution was suppressed for several days while the story was reviewed by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners, he said.
“We just thought, hey, look, if the FBI, which I still consider a legitimate institution in this country, is very professional law enforcement, if they come to us and tell us we have to be on our guards about something so I’m going to take it seriously,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
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