Although Zuckerberg expressed remorse for burying a rumor that later proved to be accurate, he finally admitted to Joe Rogan that Facebook censored the Hunter laptop story after an FBI request.
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, disclosed on Thursday that the FBI had alerted Facebook about “Russian propaganda” just before the NY Post article about the Hunter Biden laptop surfaced.
“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,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
In case you forgot, Hunter Biden left his laptop at a repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 12, 2019. Owner John Paul Mac Isaac went to the FBI office in Albuquerque and described what he had, but the FBI turned him down. Basically, he was instructed to get lost.
After two months, John Paul Mac Issac received an unexpected call from the FBI. Joshua Williams and Mike Dzielak, two FBI agents from the Wilmington branch, arrived at John Paul’s place of business. He made the instant offer to give them the hard disk for free. Williams and Dzielak both objected to taking the object.
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Eight months later, Isaac gave a copy of the hard drive to Rudy Giuliani, who subsequently gave a copy of the drive to The Post.
Returning to Rogan, Zuckerberg expressed remorse for burying a rumor that later proved to be accurate.
“Yeah, yeah. I mean, it sucks,” he added, before defending the platform for allowing others to spread the NY Post article, unlike Twitter.
“It’s probably also the case of armchair quarterbacking, right?” replied Rogan, adding “Or at least Monday morning quarterbacking… because in the moment, you had reason to believe based on the FBI talking to you that it wasn’t real and that there was going to be some propaganda. So what do you do?” Rogan said. “And then, if you just let it get out there and what if it changes the election and it turns out to be bulls—, that’s a real problem. And I would imagine that those kinds of decisions are the most difficult.” (h/t Fox News).
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reported last week that an FBI whistleblower alleges agency leadership instructed staff not to look into the laptop in a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
“Allegations provided to my office appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation,” wrote Sen. Grassley in a separate letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.