Joe Biden and Hunter Biden 'crack, sex and Ukraine' email scoop from New York Post 'CENSORED' by Facebook and TwitterOctober 14, 2020
JOE Biden and Hunter Biden "crack, sex and Ukraine" email scoop from the New York Post has been allegedly censored by Facebook and Twitter.
Andy Stone, Facebook's policy communications manager, said that the Post's Wednesday front page story has been buried.
Stone tweeted on Wednesday: "While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact-checked by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners.
"In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform."
Twitter users then reported issues when attempting to share a link to the article.
An error message reading "We can't complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful," appears when users try to post the article.
A Twitter spokesperson told NPR: "In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking action to block any links to or images of the material in question on Twitter."
Senator Ted Cruz fumed on Twitter about the restrictions, writing: "TWITTER HAS DISABLED THE LINK to the @nypost story. @jack what the hell?? I don’t know if the allegations are true—Qs that deserve to be answered. It’s a serious news publication raising evidence of corruption at the highest levels. @twitter shouldn’t act as Biden’s PR team.
The restrictions came after Hunter Biden was reportedly seen "smoking crack during a sex act" in a video revealed along with emails that allegedly showed he did introduce a Ukraine exec to his dad when Joe was Vice President.
The video and emails were revealed amid scrutiny over Hunter’s job at oil and gas giant Burisma, regarding his father's relationship with Ukraine and subsequent Trump impeachment investigations.
Explosive emails appear to show that VP Biden met with Burisma exec Vadym Pozharskyi while on a trip to the US, reports the New York Post.
A spokesperson for Joe Biden denied any such meeting in a statement on Wednesday.
The emails come from a trove of files found on a damaged MacBook Pro which had been dropped off at a repair shop in Biden's home state of Delaware.
Among the files is reportedly a 12-minute video of Hunter engaging in a sex act with an unidentified woman, according to The Post.
He is apparently seen smoking crack in the video.
The 50-year-old has been open about his struggles with addiction.
The laptop was also said to have other files, including sexually explicit pictures.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is now investigating the trove of documents, The Post reported.
According to the outlet, the senate is working with the repairman to verify the documents.
Hunter joined the Burisma board in 2014 on a salary reportedly up to $50,000-a-month, despite having no prior experience.
Emails published The Post reveal Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for introducing him to his dad in a message sent on April 17, 2015.
It reads: "Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.
"It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure."
And in another email from May 2014, Pozharskyi asks Hunter for "advice on how you could use your influence" on behalf of Burisma.
Biden had claimed he had "never spoken" to Hunter about his overseas business dealings – something which the emails appear to refute.
FBI agents seized the computer and hard drive last December after the shop owner alerted the feds – and he also gave a copy of the files to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
The New York Post reports ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon alerted the newspaper of the existence of the hard drive, and Trump ally Giuliani provided a copy of the files on Sunday.
Trump claims Hunter's job was instrumental in Biden pressuring the Ukrainian government into firing prosecutors Viktor Shokin who he claims was investigating Burisma.
The allegations are disputed – with officials claiming Shokin was actually fired for failing to investigation corruption.
Ukrainian prosecutors also said earlier this year there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden.
In a statement on Wednesday, Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates hit back at allegations detailed in The Post.
"Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing," Bates said.
"Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath.
Bates added: "Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.
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