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Donald Trump has joined criticism of Facebook and Twitter, which on Wednesday limited the online sharing of a controversial New York Post article about Joe Biden, the Democratic White House candidate, to just three weeks before the presidential election.

Awful that Twitter and Facebook removed the article on emails (…) related to sleeping Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, from the New York Post, he said on Twitter.

This is just the start for them, he added, claiming that there was nothing worse than a corrupt politician.

The Conservative newspaper published emails that were allegedly illegally retrieved from a computer containing messages, photos and personal videos of Barack Obama's ex-vice president son Hunter Biden.

These messages revive accusations leveled against Joe Biden by Donald Trump's camp, according to which he would have helped the Ukrainian gas group Burisma to escape investigations for corruption. Hunter Biden served from 2014 to 2019 on the company's supervisory board.

Joe Biden has always denied discussing his activities abroad with his son when he was in power.

Facebook and Twitter justify their decision

One of Facebook executives, Andy Stone, questioned the veracity of the emails and announced that the daily's information was going to be verified. Pending its results, their visibility would be reduced on the platform, he said.

Twitter also confirmed to AFP that it had prevented the daily news from being broadcast because their content had been hacked.

Donald Trump later accused the blue bird social network of blocking the account of his spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany, for sharing the article. Because she shared the truth! They closed his account, They try to protect Biden, proclaimed the US president at a rally in Iowa.

Our communication about our actions on the New York Post article was not great. And block the sharing of links via tweets and private messages without an explanatory context on the reasons for this blocking: it is unacceptable, tweeted the boss of the social network, Jack Dorsey.

In an editorial, the newspaper, one of the most widely read dailies in the country, denounced the Facebook censorship to help Joe Biden's campaign.

Censor first, ask questions later: this is an outrageous attitude for one of the most powerful platforms in the United States, the editorial continues, accusing Facebook of having become a propaganda machine.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden wearing a mask

Democratic candidate Joe Biden at a Florida campaign rally

Photo: Reuters / TOM BRENNER

Republican Senator Josh Hawley denounced the bias Facebook and a block it seems selective of an article on a potentially unethical act of a presidential candidate.

The New York Post claims to have obtained a copy of the hard drive of a laptop computer left for repair by Hunter Biden at a store in Delaware, home of Joe Biden, in April 2019.

Without news of its owner, he would have turned over the computer to the FBI a few months later, after making a copy of the hard drive which he would have transmitted to Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. The latter would then have provided it to the newspaper.

A message would prove in particular, according to the daily, that he presented to his father an official of Burisma.

On April 17, 2015, Vadim Pojarskïi, a member of the management of the Burisma group, thanked Hunter Biden for an invitation to Washington. giving the opportunity to meet your father and spend time together.

Conspiracy theories, says Camp Biden

Without denying the existence of the computer or the messages it contains, a spokesperson for Joe Biden, Andrew Bates, claimed that he had not met Mr. Pojarskïi, according to his official program at the time. . A former adviser to Mr. Biden, Amos Hochstein, assured the Politico site that he had never heard of it of that person.

Andrew Bates accused Mr Giuliani of previously spreading discredited conspiracy theories.

Mr. Biden, who supported reforms in Ukraine, obtained in March 2016 the dismissal of Ukrainian Attorney General Viktor Chokine, who had opened anti-corruption investigations against Burisma.

His departure was also requested by the European Union and the IMF who denounced his poor results against corruption.

But for Donald Trump and his supporters, this sacking was meant to protect Hunter Biden.

Burisma has been at the center of the landmark impeachment trial against Donald Trump, accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter's business activities.

The US president was acquitted in February.

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