Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2022
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally admitted what independent media earlier exposed: that the FBI interfered in the 2020 presidential election by pressuring Facebook to suppress reporting on information contained on the Hunter Biden laptop that would have been devastating to Joe Biden’s campaign.
Zuckerberg said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Thursday that the FBI warned the social media company of a “dump” of Russian “disinformation” prior to the New York Post publishing of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
“The FBI basically came to us… and said, ‘Hey, just so you know, you should be on high alert. We thought there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election and we have noticed that, basically there’s about to be some kind of dump that’s similar to that. So, just be vigilant,’ ” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg then tried to explain that Facebook may have suppressed the story but it did not outright ban the story as Twitter had done:
“So, our protocol is different from Twitter’s. What Twitter did is they said ‘you can’t share this at all.’ We didn’t do that,” he said. “The distribution on Facebook was decreased, but people were still allowed to share it. The ranking in newsfeed was a little bit less. Fewer people saw it than they would have otherwise.”
Zuckerberg added: “If the FBI… they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously.”
Rogan asked: “Did they specifically say that you needed to be on guard about that story?”
Related: The October 2020 lie: Heads of U.S. intelligence, ‘experts’ called Hunter report a Russian ‘laptop op’, March 20, 2022
Zuckerberg claimed he could not recall if the FBI warned of the Hunter Biden laptop story, but said he regretted that Facebook limited the story’s distribution after it was ultimately verified.
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