Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s interview with podcaster Joe Rogan where he commented on the FBI’s pre-election warning to the company about Russian propaganda before the social media giant censored the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop only served to further the perception of many that the agency is driven by partisan politics, and it quickly moved into damage control mode.
In the episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” that was released on Thursday, Zuckerberg told the host “Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us– some folks on our team and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert… We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that, basically, there’s about to be some kind of dump of that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant.”
His remarks came at a time when, after the FBI raid on President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, a growing number of Americans view the nation’s premier law enforcement agency with suspicion and distrust. According to a recent poll, nearly half of respondents view the agency as President Joe Biden’s “personal Gestapo,” a number that could continue to grow as the regime pulls out all stops to take town the ex-POTUS before 2024.
In a statement provided to Fox Business, the agency said that it has provided companies with “foreign threat indicators to help them protect their platforms and customers from abuse by foreign malign influence actors.”
“The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, local, and private sector partners to keep the public informed of potential threats, but the FBI cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received,” the FBI said.
Meta also said that Zuckerberg’s remarks to Rogan were not fresh news.
“As we’ve said, nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story is new. Below is what Mark told Sen. Johnson in Oct 2020 and what Mark told Joe Rogan this week. The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference – nothing specific about Hunter Biden,” the company wrote on Twitter along with a video of Zuckerberg’s 2020 questioning by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
As we've said, nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story is new. Below is what Mark told Sen. Johnson in Oct 2020 and what Mark told Joe Rogan this week. The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference – nothing specific about Hunter Biden. https://t.co/pHtzvh6r0r
— Meta Newsroom (@MetaNewsroom) August 26, 2022
But the FBI’s reputation is now so tarnished that its explanation was scoffed at by Twitter users.
“Potential threats” to Biden winning
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) August 27, 2022
So after learning that the FBI told Facebook to censor stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop just before the election because it would hurt Joe Biden’s chances to win, we find out they “routinely” do this.
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) August 28, 2022
So the FBI “routinely” uses false information. Got it, and no wonder no one believes them.
— Tom Pullizzi (@labelitanswer) August 29, 2022
Nobody’s buying your BS.
— #DoNotComply (@PhillyToMaine) August 27, 2022
Notifies, like telling Social Media sites what to suppress during an election? Some would call this election interference.
— CingRed (@Putinontheritts) August 27, 2022
Sooo basically social media sites aren’t public platforms for all but private branches of federal authority who silence what the government “suggests”
— Justen Pardo (@TheManTheGuyTh1) August 27, 2022
Senator Johnson appeared on “Fox News Sunday” where he discussed the social media censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story and whether it affected the 2020 presidential election.
(Video: Fox News)
“Well, absolutely, and the fact that the Hunter Biden laptop was censored by Twitter, Facebook. We’ve seen polls that show that had the American public known the corruption of the Biden family and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden would not be president. We wouldn’t have open borders. We wouldn’t have 40-year high inflation, record gas prices, rising crime, all these disastrous results of the Biden administration, Democratic governance wouldn’t have happened, but for the FBI’s politicization, their partisanship, and their suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop. Again, they had it in December 2019 and did nothing with it,” he said.
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