(PoliticalLookout.com)- Social media giant Facebook reportedly cut in half the reach of a bombshell report about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, by the New York Post last week. A study from Newswhip discovered that Facebook’s decision to throttle the sharing of the story on its platform meant that its reach was cut in half, compared to anti-Trump stories that were being shared on the platform at the same time.
The story exposed emails that are believed to have been recovered from a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden in a Delaware computer repair store.
Social media tracking company Newswhip analyzed the Facebook engagement of the story and found that around 1.94 million people engaged with the New York Post story about Hunter Biden in the first 24 hours after it was published. As of the following Sunday, some 2.12 million people interacted with the story on Facebook.
However, 3.69 million people engaged with an article published by the Atlantic that accused President Donald Trump of calling fallen soldiers “losers and suckers,” a claim that has not only not been verified, but which has been debunked by close associates of the president. Around 4.12 million people engaged with the New York Times story about the president’s illegally-obtained tax returns in the first 24 hours.
It shows that Facebook was extremely effective in driving down engagement with the story on its platform where many millions of Americans get their news.
Facebook wasn’t the only platform to throttle the sharing of the story either. Twitter initially blocked people from sharing the article completely, banning people from Tweeting links to the story or even sending it to people in direct messages. The platform initially claimed that they had banned the sharing of the story based on the emails in the story having been obtained by hacking, despite the New York Post reporting that the emails were obtained through entirely legal means.
Twitter also locked out the New York Post out of its official account, as well as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Isn’t this election interference?