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SOURCE: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/facebook-twitter-limit-controversial-story-about-joe-bidens-son/
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Facebook and Twitter today are facing criticism from all sides after taking rare action to suppress an apparent attempt at blatant disinformation being spread three weeks before the election.Both social media platforms are deprecating or outright blocking the sharing of a link to a story the New York Post published this morning about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. 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."Facebook took action on the New York Post story before Twitter did. Conservative politicians, who already endlessly claim—with no evidence—that social media platforms suppress right-wing speech were, naturally, incensed.Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said in a tweet that he plans to ask the Federal Election Commission "whether this coordinated intervention by Facebook [and] Twitter for the Biden campaign constitutes a violation of campaign finance or other election laws." Hawley also sent letters to both Twitter and Facebook not only asking the sites to clarify their policies, but also demanding to know if anyone from the Biden campaign specifically asked for the story to be suppressed.Neither were conservatives the only ones upset with Facebook's and Twitter's decision.

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