In a new interview between Joe Rogan and Mark Zuckerberg (read initial story here), the Facebook CEO admitted that they hid content on his social media platform concerning the discovery of the damning contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop for 10 days in the run-up to the 2020 November election. Now, Facebook is being met with considerable backlash over the newly admitted censorship.
At the alleged request of the FBI, Zuckerberg explained that the social media platform “shadow-banned,” or hid, the content from users.
BREAKING: Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan that Facebook algorithmically censored the Hunter Biden laptop story for 7 days based on a general request from the FBI to restrict election misinformation. pic.twitter.com/llTA7IqGa1
— Minds💡 (@minds) August 25, 2022
GOP political leaders have now begun to voice their outrage with both the FBI and Facebook, accusing them of censoring information right before the election that should have been public knowledge. The GOP is now vowing to investigate both Zuckerberg and the FBI should they retake the House majority in the midterms.
Rep. Andrew Cylde bashed the parties involved in this major act of censorship, accusing them of election interference. He tweeted,
“This isn’t just insane, it’s election interference. The Oversight Committee must immediately invite Mark Zuckerberg to testify – under oath – about the FBI’s attempts to circumvent the First Amendment. The American people deserve answers and accountability.”
This isn’t just insane, it’s election interference.
The Oversight Committee must immediately invite Mark Zuckerberg to testify—under oath—about the FBI’s attempts to circumvent the First Amendment. The American people deserve answers and accountability. https://t.co/iKlxnNmcAg
— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) August 26, 2022
GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy also bashed the FBI and Big Tech on Twitter, saying,
“The FBI colluded with Big Tech to silence news stories weeks before the 2020 election in an attempt to control your access to information. Democrats in Congress have been intentionally ignoring the facts. When Republicans are back in charge, we will hold all of them accountable.”
The FBI colluded with Big Tech to silence news stories weeks before the 2020 election in an attempt to control your access to information.
Democrats in Congress have been intentionally ignoring the facts. When Republicans are back in charge, we will hold all of them accountable. https://t.co/kUc8J9OAvq
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 26, 2022
Senator Ted Cruz joined in to express his frustration with Zuckerberg’s admission, calling it “complete corruption, plain and simple.”
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson also took to Twitter to call for an investigation into this incident, saying, “The more we learn, the more questions arise. We need whistleblowers to come forward to expose the truth, hold people accountable and restore integrity and credibility to the FBI and federal agencies. We need to get to the bottom of this corruption.”
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are both demanding that they be able to question the FBI agents who suggested the negative stories coming out about Hunter Biden were “Russian disinformation.”
In a letter sent to the FBI on Thursday, the senators insist that this censorship was “unnecessary and was only done because of pressure from our Democratic colleagues, including Democratic leadership to falsely attack our Biden investigation as advancing Russian disinformation.”
“Simply put, the unnecessary FBI briefing provided the Democrats and liberal media the vehicle to spread their false narrative that our work advanced Russian disinformation,” they added.