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"So horrible": Donald Trump attacks Twitter and Facebook
Facebook and Twitter doubt the truthfulness of a text about the opposition presidential candidate Joe Biden. Donald Trump reacts angrily. His spokeswoman's Twitter account is said to have been blocked.
US President Donald Trump has heavily criticized Facebook and Twitter for blocking access to a critical article about the opposition presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. The actions of the Internet companies are "so terrible," wrote Trump on Twitter on Wednesday. The president added that the New York Post's report on the Bidens was "just the beginning for them." There is "nothing worse than a corrupt politician".
Campaign team: Twitter blocks Trump's spokeswoman's account
Trump's campaign team also accused Twitter of blocking the private account of White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. The election campaign team published a screenshot on Wednesday evening (local time) on Twitter, which was intended to show the short message service notification, which was only visible to McEnany, that her account had been blocked. In order to justify the lock, reference was made to a tweet from McEnany in which she referred to the report on Biden. There was initially no comment from Twitter.
On her official government account, McEnany wrote to Twitter and Facebook: "Censorship should be condemned!" McEnany's personal profile could still be accessed on Wednesday evening. Apparently the ban prevented her from posting anything herself.
The "New York Post" claims in the controversial article to have gained access to a computer that was used by Hunter Biden. The conservative tabloid reportedly found information in the device that the former Vice President Biden was involved in his son's business activities in Ukraine. The election challenger Trump has repeatedly denied this.
Biden's campaign team rejects reports
According to the New York Post, the alleged information from the computer should prove that Hunter Biden introduced a Ukrainian businessman to his father when he was Vice President and in this capacity was responsible for US policy on Ukraine. The Bidens campaign team rejected the report, denying that the former deputy of ex-President Barack Obama had ever met the Ukrainian entrepreneur.
Facebook and Twitter blocked links to the article. The reason they cited was that there were doubts about the veracity of the report. "This is part of our standard procedure against the spread of false information," said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. Twitter justified its approach with questions about the "origin of the materials" for the article.
Ukraine affair led to impeachment proceedings
Hunter Biden's previous business activities in Ukraine had been the starting point for the Ukraine affair, which led to an impeachment trial against Trump. The Biden son had been on the board of directors of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma when his father was vice president. In June 2019, Trump therefore urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to investigate corruption against the Bidens.
When the contents of the phone call came to light, the opposition Democrats accused the president of abusing his office for election campaign purposes and initiated the impeachment process in Congress. In the Senate, which is dominated by Trump's Republicans, the president was acquitted last February.
The "New York Post" published its current critical article about the Bidens just under three weeks before the presidential election. In the polls, Trump lags behind Biden. This applies both to the nationwide surveys and to those in a number of states that are considered to be voting-decisive states.
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