When the New York Post recently published an article involving allegations related to Joe Biden's son, Hunter, Twitter and Facebook stepped in to control the story’s spread.
While fewer people may have seen the story on the social media platforms, more were driven to look up the article on the New York Post website, said Mark Grabowski, an associate professor specializing in cyber law and digital ethics at Adelphi University.
“When you try to cover up information, it usually backfires. That’s what happened here,” said Grabowski, who speculates that without social media censorship, the New York Post article would have been a relative nonissue with legacy media sources downplaying or ignoring it. “They ended up making it a bigger story.”
While the censorship does not violate the First Amendment, Grabowski said it goes against the spirit of free speech.
“Do we really want Facebook and Twitter serving as an editor for American media and journalism, deciding what information is suitable for the public?” asked Grabowski, who does not know whether the claims in the New York Post article are true.