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Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna says Twitter should not have suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story

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Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., mentioned Twitter made a “mistake” in 2020 when it suppressed a New York Post bombshell that was extremely important of President Biden’s son Hunter.

Khanna’s remarks got here throughout an interview with Joe Lonsdale on the American Optimist podcast about his new e book, “Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us.”

“I am not for having either the government, or you know, tech companies ultimately being the arbiter of truth,” Khanna instructed Lonsdale. “I’m for making sure that we don’t have speech that incites violence, but I’m very wary of censorship.”

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“In the book, I write about how I thought it was a mistake for Twitter to take down some of the stuff about Hunter Biden,” he added. “I think that story was total hogwash. I think Joe Biden was unfairly attacked because of his son, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t belong in the public sphere.”

The Post report included emails that allegedly got here from Hunter Biden’s laptop. Twitter went to extremes by stopping customers from accessing the article via a hyperlink on Twitter. The company initially claimed the piece violated its coverage on sharing hacked materials, although there was no proof that the emails revealed by the Post had been hacked. It finally grew to become accessible on Twitter after the tech big confronted a backlash. 

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden
(Kris Connor/WireImage | New York Post)

Khanna additionally expressed optimism about competitors inside the tech trade and having a “multiplicity of social discursive spaces emerge.” He careworn the significance of making certain that bigger platforms are “not squelching competitors.”

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“I’m not for allowing acquisitions where it looks like things could emerge as competition. … I don’t think Facebook should have been allowed to acquire Instagram and WhatsApp,” he added.

Twitter headquarters is seen in San Francisco, California, United States on Oct. 27, 2021.

Twitter headquarters is seen in San Francisco, California, United States on Oct. 27, 2021.
(Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency through Getty Images)

“I don’t have this view that all Americans are so manipulatable that somehow because of Facebook they aren’t capable of free critical thinking,” Khanna mentioned, including that he has a “concern” over the utilization of social media with algorithms by minors.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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