It would be incredibly hard to convince any modern American that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook were completely free of political bias. There’s just far too much evidence of such prejudice existing for us to pretend otherwise.
It’s almost like pretending as though CNN and Fox News are as impartial as The Associated Press or NPR. It’s just never going to be a realistic claim.
But the latest trouble out of Twitter might just take the cake.
Twitter locked the account of @TeamTrump, an official Trump campaign account, citing the same policy it used to ban links to the New York Post’s bombshell story on hitherto unrevealed links between Joe Biden and the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma.
Mike Hahn, a social media manager for Team Trump, revealed the censorship in a tweet earlier today.
“Twitter has suspended TeamTrump for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the @nypost article” said Hahn. He added the suspension comes “19 days out from the election.”
According to the screen Hahn tweeted, the tweet violates the platform’s rules against “posting private information.”
Earlier in the day, Twitter had suspended the personal account belonging to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for also sharing the Hunter Biden story in question.
In McEnany’s case, Twitter claimed that her post went against their rule on sharing “hacked” materials. Other social media users were quick to point out that there are plenty of perfectly suitable instances of “hacked” materials being shared on Twitter that somehow did not trigger such disciplinary action…such as Wikileaks and the Panama Papers.