Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday said Twitter blocked him from sharing a story from The Post that describes Hunter Biden’s pursuit of a China business deal described by documents on an alleged hard drive formerly belonging to the Democratic presidential candidate’s son.
The Texas Republican wrote, “Unbelievable… TODAY, blocking links to ANOTHER NYPost story alleging Hunter Biden sold access to communist China for millions. I just tried to share that story. Here’s Twitter’s response.”
Twitter said Cruz could not share the article because it was “identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”
Cruz is among the first GOP lawmakers to slam the social giant’s censorship of the second-day Post article on the alleged hard drive. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers threatened dramatic legal changes after Twitter censored sharing of The Post’s cover story. The company said without evidence that the material may have been hacked.
The Post’s initial censored story Wednesday described an alleged email indicating Hunter Biden introduced his vice-president father to an executive at Ukraine energy firm Burisma, despite Joe Biden saying he never discussed his son’s “overseas business dealings” with him.
The Post’s story Thursday describes Hunter Biden’s pursuit of lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company. An alleged May 2017 email describes details of “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture involving the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co.
The email outlined a “provisional agreement” under which 80 percent of the “equity,” or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with “H” apparently referring to Biden.
The deal also listed “10 held by H for the big guy?”
In addition to blocking link distribution on Wednesday, Twitter locked down some — but not all — accounts of people who shared the report, forcing them to delete the story from their feeds. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to delete her tweet and remains locked out of her personal account, which has 1 million followers.
The alleged Hunter Biden hard drive was given to The Post by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney to Trump, after he received it from a Delaware computer repairman.
The repairman says he legally accessed the content under an abandonment contract clause when Hunter Biden did not collect a damaged laptop within 90 days.
Facebook said Wednesday it was taking unspecified steps to limit distribution of The Post’s article pending “fact-checking.”
Republican lawmakers and President Trump on Wednesday cited the article censorship by Twitter and Facebook in calls for reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a foundational internet liability shield for sites that host third-party content. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) separately requested a Federal Election Commission investigation.
Supporters of reforming Section 230 say tech giants should lose protections if they operate as a publisher, rather than as a neutral platform.
“Condemnation is not enough. It’s time to reform Section 230,” wrote Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), a Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
“Twitter is attempting to meddle in the election with anti-conservative bias. @jack is acting like a publisher, making the case yet again to reform Section 230,” Buck wrote.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the panel’s top Republican, wrote, “Big Tech claims they aren’t biased against Conservatives. So why are they suppressing speech to help the Democrats? Section 230!”
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