Yesterday, the New York Post published emails' cache containing information that could potentially ruin Hunter and Joe Biden’s reputation, as it showed their involvement with Burisma - the Ukrainian energy company.
In reality, the contents of the report were less scandalous and preparatory than the headline suggested. It was obviously done on purpose.
According to the report, the computer store owner in Delaware had spotted on a laptop, a Biden Foundation sticker, which had come for repair. Next thing you know, there was a copy of the hard drive of that machine which was handed over to Rudy Giuliani – you may know of her as the person who’s been after Biden for last two years.
The journalists and supporters of the left have been outraged and are disseminating the article as they figured a similar incident occurred around four years back with Hilary Clinton when her emails got hacked. The Biden campaign was quick to deny the critical element of this story.
Of course, the right-wing supportersamplified the story without realizing the several shortcomings this story carried. This story is bound to lead a short life.
After a few hours, something strange happened: Twitter began blocking the article from sharing, suggesting it had harmful content. Apparently, Twitter also restricted Post’s primary Twitter account on the afternoon of Wednesday.
Facebook also applied restrictions on the article, but the scope remained unclear.
Twitter expressed that this drastic step was a reaction to the content of the story. It contained hacked material without any explanation regarding the claims. Hence, the illegal procuring of the emails led to this outcome.
This episode didn’t end well with the conservative party, as prominent names accused the social media platform for censoring their voice for political reasons. Of course, the arguments surrounding the story lasted for hours, people debated whether it was appropriate to illegally procure emails and post such a misleading headline.
Many people pointed out that this was a Streisand Effect – a stronger aftermath once you censor a piece of information. Anyway, Twitter and Facebook did more harm than good, because after their restrictions, the Trump campaign got what it wanted: attention.