MARK ZUCKERBERG TELLS JOE ROGAN FBI WARNED FACEBOOK OF ‘RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA’ BEFORE SUPPRESSING HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP REPORT by Bobby Burack for OutKick
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook suppressed the distribution of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020 after a visit from the FBI.
Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan that the FBI had been warning Facebook to beware of incoming “Russian propaganda” before the New York Post released the report on Hunter.
Zuckerberg explained on the “Joe Rogan Experience” Thursday:
“Basically the background here is the FBI, I think basically came to us — some folks on our team and was like, ‘Hey, um, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert. There was the — 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.’”
“We just kind of thought, Hey look, if the FBI, which, you know, I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s a very professional law enforcement. They come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something. Then I wanna take that seriously.”
He says Facebook took a more judicious approach to the story than Twitter:
“So our protocol is different from Twitter’s. What Twitter did is they said ‘You can’t share this at all.’ Um, we didn’t do that. If something’s reported to us as potentially, um, misinformation, important misinformation, we also use this third party fact-checking program, cause we don’t wanna be deciding what’s true and false.”
To clarify Zuckerberg’s comments, Twitter briefly suspended the New York Post for sharing the story and deleted tweets sharing the hyperlink. Facebook didn’t removeposts but instead placed the story lower in newsfeeds so that only accounts continuing to scroll could find the link.