After Mark Zuckerberg said last week that an FBI warning about Russian propaganda contributed to the article’s temporary suppression on Facebook at the time, House Republicans demanded that Zuckerberg provide a vast array of additional records about how the company handled a 2020 New York Post article containing allegations about Hunter Biden.
35 GOP lawmakers wrote to Zuckerberg on Thursday requesting that the Facebook co-founder provide and “preserve all existing and future records and materials” held by Meta that pertain to the FBI’s warnings about election misinformation, the New York Post report, and Facebook’s response to those warnings.
The letter continued that Zuckerberg should follow the same protocol in any correspondence with the DNC on the New York Post piece.
The MPs claimed that “government-driven and Big Tech-implemented censorship” online “suppress freedom of speech and free thought in ways that undermine public dialogue.” According to the FBI’s instructions, Facebook suppressed the Post article and claims of corruption involving the Biden family, which are extremely significant to the 2020 presidential election.
The letter demanded that Meta deliver the data by September 15th.
A request for comment on the letter was not immediately answered by Meta, but the company stated last week that none of the FBI’s warnings directly mentioned Hunter Biden.
The FBI stated in a statement released last week that it “routinely notifies U.S. private sector companies, including social media providers, of potential threat information so that they can decide how to best fight against threats.”
In a recent interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, Zuckerberg claimed to draw a connection between Facebook’s treatment of the New York Post article and the FBI’s concerns, claiming that Facebook was on high alert following the authorities’ general warning about election tampering. For several days, the article’s distribution was stopped while it was being examined by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners, he claimed.
In Zuckerberg’s words to Rogan, “We just kind of thought, oh, look, if the FBI, which I still see as a respectable organization in this nation, is extremely professional law enforcement, if they come to us and tell us that we need to be on alert about something then I’m going to take that seriously.”