- Both Facebook and Twitter have restricted access to a story linking Joe Biden to his son, Hunter's controversial business dealings
- Both social media platforms cited different internal policies responsible for their actions
- However, President Trump has condemned the move by the social media companies
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World's major social media giants, Twitter and Facebook, have limited access to a story making a controversial claim about the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
Reuters reported that the story was published by The New York Post on Wednesday, October 14.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the story contained alleged details of Hunter’s controversial business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company.
It also claimed that the Democratic presidential candidate had met with an adviser of the company. The story reportedly sourced details to emails that it said were given to the lawyer of Rudy Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
Briefly.co.za notes that the controversial business dealings of Biden's son resurfaced again as the United States prepare for the November 2020 presidential election.
Twitter reportedly prohibited its users from posting links to The New York Post's story while Facebook reduced access to it by limiting how often it shows up in users’ news feeds and elsewhere on the Facebook platform.
Twitter explained that the story violated its “hacked materials” policy. The policy reportedly bars the distribution of content obtained through hacking that contains private information or trade secrets, or puts people at risk of physical harm.
In its own explanation, Facebook cited a policy saying it can temporarily take action against content pending review by news organisations and others in its third-party fact-checking programme if there are signals that the content is false.
Speaking on the development, the spokesperson of the Biden campaign organisation, Andrew Bates, said the Republican-led Senate committees have previously concluded that Biden did not engage in any wrongdoing over his son’s business dealings.
President Trump in his own reaction condemned the move by the social media platforms to limit access to the story and reportedly hinted on a threat of regulatory action.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Biden, highlighted the crucial role the African American community can play in the forthcoming presidential election.
The former US vice president said that in terms of voting, "the African American community can determine this election". Biden also stressed the importance of voting in the black community and how it is important to safeguard against voter suppression.
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