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Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook limited the distribution of a story that appeared in The … [+] New York Post this week.
On Wednesday the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook limited the distribution of a story that appeared in The New York Post, which reported an unconfirmed claim about Democratic Presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. The Biden campaign had pushed on the report that Joe Biden met with a representative of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings in 2015.
As the story, which ran on the front page of the paper under the headline “Biden Secret E-mails,” began to make the rounds on social media it was quickly shuttered. Facebook limited the distribution of the story after its outside fact-checkers reviewed the claims, and as a result the platform’s algorithms wouldn’t place posts linking to the story as high up in an individual’s news feed. That would reduce the number of users who might ever see the story.
Twitter went even further, and blocked users from linking to the Post’s two stories about the Biden e-mails, while it also blocked users from posting pictures of the alleged emails mentioned in those stories. Attempts to share the story …
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