Meta had the back of CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he described how the company hushed a bombshell story about Hunter Biden following a warning from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding alleged Russian disinformation.
During an interview with podcast host Joe Rogan, the executive said that his company suppressed a story published by the New York Post about Hunter Biden’s laptop — which contains photos of Hunter Biden naked and smoking crack, as well as possible evidence of corrupt dealings that involve President Joe Biden — after the FBI warned of Russian disinformation campaigns days before the 2020 election.
“We just kind of thought, hey, look, if the FBI, which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s like very professional law enforcement, they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
Meta’s communications team ran cover for Zuckerberg by commenting on social media that they took “seriously” the FBI’s warning of “foreign hack and leak operations.”
“[W]e didn’t block the New York Post story, we temporarily reduced its distribution to give fact-checking partners time to review it,” Meta said, referring to Zuckerberg’s former testimony to members of the Senate.
In response to America First Policy Institute ambassador Nick Adams implying that Meta — which at that point was still called Facebook — therefore manipulated the…