Republicans reacted with a tantrum after the FEC dismissed their complaint that Twitter violated election law by blocking an unsubstituted Hunter Biden article.
The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Republican accusations that Twitter violated election laws in October by blocking people from posting links to an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter Biden, in a decision that is likely to set a precedent for future cases involving social media sites and federal campaigns.
The F.E.C. determined that Twitter’s actions regarding the Hunter Biden article had been undertaken for a valid commercial reason, not a political purpose, and were thus allowable, according to a document outlining the decision obtained by The New York Times.
Republicans Reacted To Their Latest Defeat
Donald Trump Jr, who is basically a Hunter Biden stalker, tweeted:
The New York Times STILL wants you to believe that Hunter Biden's laptop is "unsubstantiated," even though we've all seen the videos from the laptop of him smoking crack with our own eyes.
This is why the corporate media has lost all credibility.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 13, 2021
Dana Loesch tweeted:
It wasn't "unsubstantiated." The media's catering to the Bidens is an in-kind contribution. https://t.co/aOPAF6IYCx
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 13, 2021
Fox News’s media reporter:
The only “unsubstantiated article” that was circulating on Twitter at the time was the one from Politico declaring Hunter Biden’s laptop was “Russian disinformation.” https://t.co/6I2iqwH1dx
— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) September 13, 2021
The Republican Goal Is To Stop Social Media Companies From Removing Disinformation.
The FEC ruling means that social media companies have the power to remove false information. This power has become the enemy of Republicans who have seen their efforts to use Twitter, in particular, to spread propaganda halted. Facebook has done much, much less to stop the spread of false and disinformation.
Republicans have never gotten over Donald Trump being banned, and so while they claimed to be outraged about the use of the word unsubstantiated, what they are really tantruming about is the ability of social media companies to block their lies.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association