(Republican Insider) – CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, recently made an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast where he revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation approached Facebook, warning them about “Russian propaganda” just ahead of the story that would be published concerning the Hunter Biden laptop that would lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
This, of course, means that the FBI directly interfered with the outcome of the presidential election to prevent the general public from having access to information that could have potentially impacted the way they cast their ballots.
If you’re interested in the full episode where the following quotes from Zuckerberg were taken you can click here.
The comments came from the Thursday episode of the program where Rogan asked Zuckerberg about the social media giant’s suppression of the report from the New York Post that exposed the shady business dealings Hunter had been orchestrating while dear old dad was on the campaign trail.
A significant number of these deals were done while Joe Biden was serving as vice president under Obama and were often large sums of money traded for greater political access to him.
According to Fox News, Zuckerberg kicked things off by stressing that Facebook took a much “different path” than Twitter, which actually completely censored the Post’s story, while Facebook just limited its reach.
“Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us- some folks on our team and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert… We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that, basically, there’s about to be some kind of dump of that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant,'” Zuckerberg went on to tell host Joe Rogan.
The Meta CEO then insisted that users on Facebook were still “allowed to share” the story about Hunter’s laptop, as their “third-party fact-checking program” investigated whether or not the story was misinformation. However, he did admit that the “ranking in [the] news feed was a little bit less” and that “fewer people saw it than would’ve otherwise.”
“By what percentage?” Rogan went on to ask.
“I don’t know off the top of my head, but it’s- it’s meaningful,” Zuckerberg replied. “But we weren’t sort of as black and white about it as Twitter. We just kind of thought hey look, if the FBI, which I still view is a legitimate institution in this country, it’s a very professional law enforcement- they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something then I want to take that seriously.”
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“Did they specifically say you need to be on guard about that story?” Rogan asked as a follow up.
“No, I don’t remember if it was that specifically, but it basically fit the pattern,” Zuckerberg went on to state as a response.
Later on, Zuckerberg was asked whether or not he regretted stuffing a story that actually turned out to be true. He said, “Yeah, yeah. I mean, it sucks.”
But then he defended the practices of Facebook, going on to tell Rogan its process was fairly reasonable considering that his platform allowed the articles published by the New York Post to still be distributed instead of a complete blackout like the one Twitter carried out.
Rogan, who identifies as a liberal, though does seem to lean libertarian on a lot of issues, seemed to be sympathetic toward the predicament that Zuckerberg and his company were facing, especially when it comes to the FBI warning about Russian propaganda.
“It’s probably also the case of armchair quarterbacking, right? Or at least Monday morning quarterbacking… because in the moment, you had reason to believe based on the FBI talking to you that it wasn’t real and that there was going to be some propaganda. So what do you do?” Rogan went on to say. “And then, if you just let it get out there and what if it changes the election and it turns out to be bulls—, that’s a real problem. And I would imagine that those kinds of decisions are the most difficult.”
The parent company for Facebook, Meta, put out a statement on the topic saying, “None of this is new. Mark testified before the Senate nearly two years ago that in the lead up to the 2020 election, the FBI warned about the threat of foreign hack and leak operations… We took that seriously, and as Mark said when he testified, we didn’t block the New York Post story, we temporarily reduced its distribution to give fact-checking partners time to review it.”
See, the reason this is so important is that the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story happened during the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, which means that since folks weren’t able to look at this information, there were quite a few folks who pulled a lever for Biden who would not have done so had they known about this information.
The FBI interfered with this election. Plain and simple. We must not allow such a thing to happen again. If we do, then freedom in this country is on its way to the grave.
“Both Zuckerberg and then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed regret for their actions limiting the distribution of the New York Post’s reporting and several news organizations including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News and Politico have since verified the authenticity of the laptop,” the Fox News report said.
“Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., revealed this week in a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz that whistleblowers allege FBI officials told agents not to investigate Hunter Biden’s laptop for months over concerns it would impact the 2020 election,” the report continued.
According to the Wisconsin senator “individuals with knowledge” of the Hunter Biden laptop spoke with his office, noting that the investigation was purposefully slowed down due to orders received by the FBI and its leadership.
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