By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
Did Facebook or Twitter plan to kill the Hunter Biden story?
Maybe so, but they accomplished the exact opposite.
In other words, more and more people are talking about it and wondering why it was censored in the first place.
This is from an article in the Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti:
“Twitter’s crackdown on a controversial New York Post story that ‘purported to show new emails from Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, about his business dealings while Joe Biden was the vice president in the (Barak) Obama administration nearly doubled’ the story’s visibility and triggered the so-called ‘Streisand Effect,’ amplifying the Post’s claims, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a high-profile media intelligence firm. When Twitter banned, and then unbanned, links to a questionably sourced New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, its stated intention was ‘to prevent people from spreading harmful false material as America heads into the final stretch of the election campaign,’ MIT’s Technology Review reported Monday, (Oct. 19). ‘But thanks to the cycle of misinformation — and claims from conservatives that social-media platforms are deliberately censoring their views –Twitter instead managed to do the opposite of what it intended.”
So the attempt as censorship blew up in Twitter and Facebook’s faces? Yes it did, and big time.
Facebook and Twitter underestimated the intelligence of U.S. voters.
First, it caught their attention when they banned the New York Post story.
Why? Because we all remember those unconfirmed stories about U.S. President Donald President Trump allegedly badmouthing the military.
Not one of them was “paused” for further details.
Second, there are plenty of media alternatives to Facebook and Twitter for new access.
A week later, and Hunter Biden is a huge topic.
Wonder if that would have happened if Facebook and Twitter had not intervened?
I don’t think so!
SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…Oct. 22, 2020