Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, with similar falsehoods. Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media.
The fantastical rumors, which NBC News is declining to repeat verbatim, echo specific plot points central to “pizzagate,” a viral disinformation campaign that predates QAnon but also falsely alleges a vast conspiracy of child abuse.
There is an important difference, however. The pizzagate-style rumors in 2016 were largely confined to far-right message boards like 4chan and parts of Reddit. But the Hunter Biden iteration of the same conspiracy theory took off last weekend with the help of speculation from conservative TV hosts and members of Congress. Their theorizing can be traced back to a new website that has been promoted by President Donald Trump and his surrogates.
Okay, so Hunter Biden is a disgraced screw-up who got rich off his daddy’s name and would be a dead broke loser if it weren’t for his father. I mean, I guess you could argue that he still a total loser, albeit one with money. Whatever the key fact here is that his laptop has unearthed the dirty deeds. You all know the story here, folks. There’s a reason Joe Biden got all huffy when asked about Hunter. One, he knew his son is a screw-up. Second, his son is a screw-up who knows where all the bodies are buried. Not good for someone who is snorting cocaine like it’s going out of style. The security of the family secrets was very tenuous, and this “laptop from hell” development is evidence of that. Joe Biden’s 2020 ambitions got stained because his son forgot to pay the $85 fee for the
Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day … Computer shop docs obtained by Fox News allegedly show Hunter Biden signature for repairs Documents obtained by Fox News appear to show Hunter Biden’s signature on paperwork from the Delaware computer repair shop where the former vice president’s son reportedly dropped off a laptop that included emails related to his overseas business dealings.
The document allegedly signed by Biden details repair work that was to be performed on three MacBook Pro laptops at “The Mac Shop” in Wilmington, Delaware. Aside from the signature, the paperwork notes Biden’s name in the “bill to” section for a cost of $85. Fox News has not verified that the signature is indeed Biden’s.
Biden’s overseas business dealings have been under renewed scrutiny since last week, when the New York Post published emails purportedly exchanged
President Trump has compared the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop to that of Anthony Weiner’s computer whose laptop ended up becoming an issue for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the weeks before the 2016 election.
On Monday, during a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona, Trump described the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Hunter, as having a ‘laptop from hell’.
Emails on the hard drive purportedly show Joe Biden was involved in deals made overseas by his son.
Trump went on to describe his competitor in the upcoming election as ‘corrupt’.
President Trump describe the computer of Hunter Biden as the ‘laptop from hell’
‘So a giant trove of emails show Hunter Biden making deals, setting up deals with his father Joe,’ Trump said at one point. The alleged emails included one that alluded to a meeting between Joe Biden and Vadym Pozharsky an adviser for the Ukrainian gas
“The Internet and other interactive computer services offer a forum for or a true diversity of political discourse, unique opportunities for cultural development, and myriad avenues for intellectual activity.”
That’s an excerpt from Section 230, the part of the federal code that regulates the internet.
Back in 1996, when it was passed by Congress as part of the Communications Decency Act, Section 230 gave internet services legal protections unavailable to mere newspapers like The Star-Ledger.
If a newspaper were to print something libelous, the publisher could be sued. But under Section 230 “No provider or user of an interactive computer services shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
The idea was that the few such services then in existence – remember Compuserve and Prodigy? – were virtual bulletin boards on which information could be exchanged between willing parties.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has described how he obtained a copy of a hard drive that allegedly contained emails related to Hunter Biden’s overseas business interests.
In an interview airing on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin” Sunday evening, Giuliani — now President Trump’s personal attorney — told host Mark Levin that the Delaware computer shop owner who allegedly took possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop told an FBI agent he was “really afraid because the Bidens are very powerful around here.”
“The gentleman who was repairing the hard drive — and Hunter Biden abandoned it,” recounted Giuliani, apparently referring to John Paul Mac Isaac. “He [Hunter Biden] may very well have forgotten where he left it for a while, because the gentlemen who got it said he [Hunter] was drunk for the entire time that he dealt with him, and he dealt with him twice.”
Twitter has reversed its decision to block users from sharing an unsubstantiated article from the New York Post about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, The New York Times reports.
The company had previously stopped users from being able to post the story about alleged emails between a Ukrainian energy executive and Hunter Biden, citing its policy against sharing private information and against distributing “content obtained without authorization.” But after facing backlash especially among Republicans including President Trump, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Friday that blocking links to the story “was wrong,” and the company altered its policies so that it “will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them,” per BuzzFeed News.
When Twitter announced changes to its policy on hacked materials on Thursday, the Hunter Biden article was still being blocked because Twitter said it violated
Twitter is keeping itself in front of the political firing line by inconsistently applying policy to a series of unconfirmed reports by the New York Post about Joe Biden’s son Hunter — moves Republicans have slammed as censorship and election interference.
The social network initially banned the Post’s story Wednesday about Hunter Biden’s alleged attempts to influence his father, Joe Biden, to try to shut down a probe into Ukrainian energy company Burisma and another claiming Hunter tried to leverage his father’s status as VP in the Obama administration to boost his compensation from Burisma. Originally, Twitter said the Post’s stories — based on info furnished by Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer — violated its “hacked materials” policy, as they included information purportedly harvested from a laptop of uncertain origin. Twitter did an about-face Friday to allow users to tweet them.
Yesterday, CEO Jack Dorsey admitted blocking URLs without
At a campaign event in Macon, Georgia on Friday, President Donald Trump compared files allegedly found on Hunter Biden’s laptop with explicit pictures discovered on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer by the FBI.
Files on a laptop with a Biden Foundation sticker on it, which allegedly connected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to shady business dealings in Ukraine, were reported on by the New York Post on Wednesday. While Trump has brought up the allegations during public remarks in the following days, some observers have criticized the story for using uncorroborated sources. Weiner pleaded guilty in 2017 to sending obscene material to a minor and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Twitter TWTR has changed its mind and will let a dubious New York Post report on Hunter Biden be shared on its platform following several days of intense criticism from Republicans and ahead of CEO Jack Dorsey’s Congressional testimony next week.
It’s a complete reversal from Wednesday when the Post published its story and Twitter blocked users from sharing its URL. At the time, Twitter said the Post story contained hacked material and personal information and sharing those things were against its rules. (Worth noting: It’s not clear if the material cited by the Post is a genuine hack—or if they’re forgeries. Twitter nonetheless decided to treat it as an actual hack.) Facebook also throttled the distribution