FBI responds to Mark Zuckerberg claims in Joe Rogan show

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The day after Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook had curtailed a polarizing narrative ahead of the 2020 election because of an FBI warning, the federal agency said it can only warn a private entity of a potential threat and cannot demand that it take action. undertakes.

On an episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast made available Thursday, Zuckerberg said that while the FBI didn’t mention a specific New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop, it “fitted the pattern” of where the FBI warned about.

The Facebook co-founder said the FBI is a “legitimate institution” and that the warning prompted him to “take that seriously.” The story was allowed to remain on Facebook, albeit with limited exposure, Zuckerberg said.

In a statement Friday night, the FBI said it has provided companies with “foreign threat indicators” to help protect their platforms and customers, but it “cannot ask or direct companies to take action based on information received.”

“The FBI routinely provides US private entities, including social media providers, with information about potential threats so that they can decide how to better defend themselves against threats,” the agency said.

Meta responded to the FBI statement Friday night via Twitter. “The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference — nothing specific about Hunter Biden,” the statement said.

The New York Post report alleged that a recovered version of Hunter Biden’s laptop contained emails indicating that Joe Biden was using his position as vice president to aid his son’s business dealings in Ukraine.

An NBC News analysis of the hard drive, iCloud account and documents released by two Senate committees showed that Hunter Biden and his company brought in about $11 million through his roles as a lawyer and board member at a Ukrainian company accused of bribery and his work with a Chinese businessman accused of fraud.

Hunter Biden acknowledged in a statement in December 2020 that federal investigators were investigating his “tax cases.” A representative for Biden said in May that he has paid off all of his tax obligations to the IRS, but legal experts have said it would not necessarily spare him possible criminal liability.

some have took Zuckerberg’s comments to Rogan to mean that Facebook was censoring news in favor of Joe Biden leading into the 2020 election.

In 2018, two third-party reports prepared for the U.S. Senate revealed that Russia used Facebook during the 2016 election to help Trump and hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in part by fueling right-wing conspiracy theories and mistrust among them. to sow black Americans.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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