Other voices: On Twitter and Facebook’s treatment of a dubious expose

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NEW YORK — There are huge credibility questions swirling around a series of reports by the tabloid across town, all of which emanate from a laptop, said to be Hunter Biden’s, supposedly left behind at a Delaware repair shop. On that computer, says the New York Post, is a 2015 email suggesting Joe Biden’s son tried to arrange for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to meet with his father.There are many red flags, and by “red” we purposely evoke 2016 election meddler Russia: unreliable sources including Rudy Giuliani, a strange and contradictory timeline and the highly dubious electronic fingerprints of the supposed smoking-gun documents themselves.
Time will tell, but we wonder whether a pro-Trump GRU operative sitting in a dark room would’ve come up with something much more damning than this. There just isn’t much anti-Biden there.
What concerns us is the way two major conduits by which Americans get their news online, Twitter and Facebook, have all but disappeared the Post’s reports as they undertake efforts to verify them.
Facebook and Twitter have community guidelines, but they routinely let people share links on everything from health to religion to crime to politics without …

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