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Twitter Suppressing Hunter Biden Story Nearly Doubled its Interest

Twitter went out of its way last week to block the spread of a New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s laptop. The tech company tried to prevent the news from reaching the eyes and ears of too many American voters, but its efforts had the opposite effect.

Sharing of the report nearly doubled after Twitter banned the link. According to Zignal Labs, the news of Twitter’s decision elevated the share count from 5,500 every 15 minutes to 10,000.

Between Wednesday and Sunday, users shared the story more than 352,000 times.

“The poorly-thought-through ban triggered the so-called Streisand Effect and helped turn a sketchy article into a must-share blockbuster,” MIT Technology Review’s Abby Ohlheiser says.

This isn’t surprising. The Post‘s report went from a political story that only one side wanted to discuss to a social media story that caught the attention of most online users.

Big Tech suppression, not Hunter Biden, kept the news alive well into the weekend. Five of the 10 biggest stories on social media last week were related to the report.

Twitter should never task itself with hiding the cookie jar. It always ends up attracting more sneaky fingers.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers any news story that deserves attention but focuses on media. His interests include reading Stephen King novels, avoiding traffic on the road, and pretending to solve true-crime mysteries. He still believes Cersei should've won and encourages everyone to always question the news.

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  1. The suppression kept the news alive for people who were never going to vote Biden anyways who were outraged by the censorship.

    It kept it out of the eyes of possibly influenceable, nonpartisan, undecided voters. This was the goal and it seems to have worked.

  2. They can try but everyone knows career politicians especially this idiot are liars and crooks will say anything to get a vote or make a buck i mean look at crooked hillary what she did was major criminal yet nothing has happened even after all these years truly disgusting.

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