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Facebook curbs spread of contested New York Post story on Hunter Biden

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Bombshell Hunter Biden emails show him leveraging relationship with father for financial gain

But they gave few details about how they reached their decisions, sparking criticism about the lack of clarity and consistency with which they apply their rules.

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

Trump complained at length at the Iowa rally about Twitter and Facebook limiting links to the New York Post story.

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The New York Post said the computer had been left by Hunter Biden at a DE computer fix shop in April 2019. But the story in the New York Post raises more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. The company also claimed that the story violates its Hacked Material Policy, which does not "permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets". Twitter has also updated several policies with an eye toward the days and weeks following the election, and has said it will limit retweets in some cases to prevent misinformation from spreading.

The actual origins of the emails are unclear. That could not immediately be confirmed, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment Wednesday. "Yet Facebook and Twitter are deliberately trying to keep its users from reading and deciding for themselves what it means".

Facebook has run its third-party fact-checking program since the end of 2016 in an effort to curb the proliferation of misinformation and fake news on its platform.

The emergence of the emails carries echoes of the 2016 controversy promoted by the Trump campaign surrounding communications by the then Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

He also cited data showing that employees of Facebook and five other top tech firms have donated almost US$5 million to Mr Biden's campaign and only US$239,000 to Trump.

"I looked at them and said: 'I'm leaving in six hours".

Sen. Rick Scott, Florida Republican, tweeted, "This is outrageous". There is no statistical evidence to support those claims.

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed the move. The Times refused to say who stole those forms and shared them with the paper. "REPEAL SECTION 230", he wrote.

"We have a responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on our platform", said a group of Facebook executives including VP of Integrity Guy Rosen.

Cruz's letter asks for clarification on why the social media platform has prevented the spread of the link and notes that the New York Post's report depends on leaked emails, much like other commonly uncensored reports of political scandals. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is scheduled to testify, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, before the Senate Commerce Commitee on October 28 - just six days before the election.

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