And what's more, just a few days later, the hyper-politicized FBI admitted that the bureau regularly interferes in political outcomes.
In an interview last week on "The Joe Rogan Experience," Zuckerberg was asked how Facebook handles certain information and specifically about corruption revelations stemming from Hunter Biden's scandalous laptop that were reported first by the New York Post in mid-October, then ignored by 'mainstream' media and censored by most big tech platforms after the FBI claimed it was all "Russia disinformation."
Zuckerberg told podcast king Joe Rogan that the FBI, which by then had been in possession of the laptop for nearly a year, contacted top Facebook officials weeks before the election to warn them that a major dump of Russian disinformation was coming. When the New York Post broke the story, Twitter kicked the news site off its platform, and Facebook, Zuckerberg said, downranked the story for over a week to dampen its impact.
“We just kind of thought, hey, look, if the FBI, which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s like 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,” Zuckerberg told the podcast host.
"Our protocol is different from Twitter's," Zuckerberg added. "What Twitter did is they said 'You can't share this at all.' We didn't do that."
The FBI rigged the 2020 election. https://t.co/GjRjMVUY8T
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 25, 2022
Zuckerberg went on to say that for between five and seven days while the laptop story was being 'fact-checked' Facebook decreased the reach of stories related to it.
"You could still share it, you could still consume it," but, "the ranking in Newsfeed was a little bit less, so fewer people saw it than otherwise."
"By what percentage?" Rogan asked. "I don't know off the top of my head, but it's meaningful," Zuckerberg replied. Several people opined that the actions of Twitter and Facebook -- two of the country's biggest social media platforms -- at the direction of the lying FBI purposefully rigged the 2020 election. “So the FBI preemptively warned Facebook off Hunter Biden laptop reporting,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted. “This same agency effectively laundered Russian disinfo in the 2016 election in the form of Steele dossier. And later lied to a court to get wiretaps.”
The Federalist legal correspondent Margot Cleveland added: "Hunter's laptop was and is a national security risk yet FBI prioritizes Biden's election over national security."
Hunter's laptop was and is a national security risk yet FBI prioritizes Biden's election over national security.
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) August 25, 2022
A few days later, Meta -- the company that owns Facebook -- responded to Zuckerberg's revelations.
"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," the company's public relations team noted on Twitter.
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: https://t.co/bcRTgSe44L
— Meta Newsroom (@MetaNewsroom) August 26, 2022
“[W]e didn’t block the New York Post story, we temporarily reduced its distribution to give fact-checking partners time to review it,” the company's communication team insisted.
The FBI also tacitly admitted to the interference.
“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the bureau said in a statement Friday night, claiming that it “cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received.”
No, but intimidation works pretty well.
The 2020 election was stolen. The big tech platforms were in on it as was the FBI. That much is obvious.