Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley attacked Facebook on Wednesday for “actively censoring” a New York Post (NYP) report alleging Hunter Biden and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with a top executive of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2015.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone announced Wednesday that Facebook was reducing the article’s reach on the platform even before it had been reviewed by third-party fact checkers. Stone then tweeted a link to a Facebook policy explainer, writing, “This is part of our standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation. We temporarily reduce distribution pending fact-checker review.”
Hawley, who has been an outspoken critic of alleged instances of anti-conservative bias on Facebook and other social media platforms, issued a statement demanding to know what evidence Facebook had that the article was “disinformation.”
.@Facebook I want to know on what grounds you are actively censoring a news report about potentially illegal corruption by the Democrat candidate for president. If you have evidence this is “disinformation,” disclose it immediately. Expect a formal inquiry from my office
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 14, 2020
Hawley will soon be releasing a formal letter to Facebook reiterating his demands that