FBI Says It ‘Routinely Notifies’ Social Media Companies Of Potential Threats

In an appearance on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the FBI was behind his decision to censor the New York Post’s 2020 article on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

According to Zuckerberg, the FBI came to him with a warning to be wary of “Russian disinformation” — which led to his decision to shadowban, restrict and censor reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the information found on it. The Meta CEO broke the shocking news while speaking with comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan.

The New York Post article that Facebook and other social media platforms censored centered around a laptop belonging to the son of President Joe Biden, which was allegedly left at a Delaware computer repair shop. The laptop included emails which indicated that Joe Biden used his position as vice president under former President Barack Obama to help his son’s shady business dealings in Ukraine.

Of course, that information would have been detrimental to Biden’s presidential campaign, which is likely why it was censored, conservatives say.

Critics of Facebook’s actions have argued that Zuckerberg’s comments on “The Joe Rogan Experience” indicate that the social media platform purposefully censored news that was unfavorable to Joe Biden in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, which could have effected the results of the election.

Responding to Zuckerberg’s remarks, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tweeted: “We now know Facebook censored spread of Hunter Biden laptop story after FBI approached them. FBI & Facebook/Big Tech interfered in 2020 election Facebook acted as an arm of govt Both Facebook & FBI should b ashamed of interfering in our electoral process.”

The FBI has responded to Zuckerberg’s comments via a statement released on Friday night.

“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the agency claimed.

According to reporting from The Hill, the bureau also asserted that it has “provided companies with foreign threat indicators to help them protect their platforms and customers from abuse by foreign malign influence actors.”

The FBI’s statement went on to state that they work with “federal, state, local and private sector partners to keep the public informed of potential threats, but it cannot request or order companies to take any action based on the information it provides,” according to The Hill.

Following the airing of Rogan’s podcast, Meta noted in a tweet that nothing Zuckerberg has said was breaking news. The company added that nearly two years ago, Zuckerberg testified to Congress that the FBI had warned Facebook “about the threat of foreign hack and leak operations” in the run-up to the 2020 election, linking to an article detailing the testimony.

“The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference — nothing specific about Hunter Biden,” Meta wrote in a subsequent tweet.