An appearance by Mark Zuckerberg on Joe Rogan’s podcast last week sparked controversy after Meta’s CEO admitted that Facebook had curtailed the bombshell story about Hunter Biden laptops ahead of the 2020 election because the FBI had warned of “Russian propaganda.” ‘.
After publishing the episode on Thursday, the FBI said it “routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat intelligence so they can decide how to better defend themselves against threats. ”
In a statement released to FOX Business, the agency said it has provided companies with “foreign threat indicators to help them protect their platforms and customers from abuse by foreign malicious actors”.
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“The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, local and private partners to keep the public informed of potential threats, but the FBI cannot solicit or direct companies to take action based on information received,” the statement said. agency.
Meta later said Friday night that nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story was new.
“The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference — nothing specific about Hunter Biden,” the company said.
In the closing weeks of the 2020 presidential election, both Big Tech and the liberal media suppressed New York Post coverage that shed light on the shady foreign business dealings of then-candidate Joe Biden’s son.
Both Zuckerberg and then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed regret for their actions that limited the spread of the Post’s coverage, and several news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, and Politico, have since authenticated. of the laptop verified.
sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., revealed in a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz this week that whistleblowers allege FBI officials told agents not to examine Hunter Biden’s laptop for months over concerns it could affect the election. of 2020 would affect.
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According to Johnson, “persons with knowledge” of the Hunter Biden case told his office that the investigation was being deliberately delayed at the behest of “local FBI leaders.”
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.