Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson’s interview with Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, was seen over 2.5 million times on Twitter as President Donald Trump repeatedly tweeted about big tech companies suppressing the alleged “Biden corruption” story.
The video posted on Carlson’s Twitter page was shared over 65,000 times on the platform and has over 115,000 “likes”.
“Why isn’t Twitter the trend for Biden Corruption? It’s the biggest and most credible story in the world,” Trump twittered on Wednesday. “Fake-Trending!!!”
A few hours earlier, the president twittered that the platform “refuses to mention the Biden corruption story,” adding that it “won’t say a word about it.
Carlson tweeted a similar message on Tuesday night, addressing the mainstream media and writing that they “suppressed the story of Tony Bobulinski.
Allegations that large technology companies are suppressing conservative news have been around for some time. Tensions between Republicans and the executives of major social media sites have recently been heightened after Facebook and Twitter prevented the distribution of a story by the New York Post featuring Hunter Biden – a decision based on restricting the distribution of disinformation and acknowledging the article’s questionable origin. Although the decision was later overturned by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, it further encouraged Republicans to assert that these platforms are run with an anti-conservative agenda.
On Wednesday, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google testified before the Republican-led Senate Commerce Committee on allegations that the platforms were systemically biased against conservatives and accused the executives of selective censorship.
The hearings served to discuss the controversial, decade-old law, Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, which states that websites cannot legally be held responsible for what people post and allows social media sites to control content at their discretion.
The Republican Senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, complained about Dorsey’s handling of the New York Post’s story and claimed that Twitter was trying to influence the election and hinder the free press.
Although Dorsey said that the decision to block the New York Post story was “wrong,” he noted that Twitter could not influence the election because there were several social media channels through which Americans could communicate.
According to Twitter, the platform no longer blocks the exchange of links to the Post’s articles about Hunter Biden. Since the platform cannot retroactively change enforcement decisions, the New York Post’s Twitter account will be activated as soon as the newspaper deletes its original tweet linking the articles that Twitter has classified as violations, and it would be able to re-tweet these links afterwards.
During the interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bobulinski claimed to have information about former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged dealings in China and said he had documents that would incriminate the former Vice President and his son. These allegations are not confirmed at this time.
Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article saying that the texts and emails it received from Bobulinski did not provide any evidence that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s business in China.
“Text messages and e-mails related to the company that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, mainly from spring and summer 2017, do not show Hunter Biden or James Biden [Joe Biden’s brother] discussing a role for Joe Biden in the company,” the Journal reported.
The former vice president has also repeatedly denied that he had “overseas business of any kind.
“Joe Biden has never even considered getting involved in business with his family, including any overseas business,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told the Journal in a statement. “He has never held stock in such business arrangements, nor has any family member or other person ever held stock for him.
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