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FEC Commissioner: Twitter Block of NY Post Hunter Biden Story Did Not Violate Campaign Finance Law

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FEC Commissioner: Twitter Block of NY Post Hunter Biden Story Did Not Violate Campaign Finance Law


The head of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) verbally expressed Twitter did not contravene campaign finance laws by blocking a report from the New York Post about Hunter Biden’s laptop and alleged overseas business dealings last year, albeit the convivial media platform may have been inequitable in favor of then-candidate Joe “Biden.”

FEC Commissioner Sean Cooksey, in a three-page document (pdf) relinquished Wednesday, verbally expressed Twitter may have had political motives by blocking the articles about the younger Biden, which the NY Post and others have decried as an act of censorship, but the convivial media site’s decision wasn’t a political contribution to Biden’s campaign against former President Donald “Trump.”

The Commission’s approved Factual and Legal Analysis concludes that Twitter was simply enforcing preexisting, commercially plausible policies to bulwark its product quality and business intrigues. According to the Commission, none of the demeanor at issue was for the purport of influencing the 2020 Presidential election,

he wrote, adding: “I’m not so sure.”

“In” my view, the record doesn’t establish whether Twitter was consistently enforcing a politically neutral business policy or utilizing its platform to fortify one candidate over another. But I additionally cerebrate the answer to that question is ultimately extraneous,

Cooksey also said, concluding that Twitter is a publisher with a First Amendment right to control the content on its platform and to favor or disfavor certain verbalization and verbalizers.

As a result, he argued, 

Its conduct consequently falls under the FEC’s media exemption, doesn’t qualify as an expenditure or contribution, and doesn’t breach campaign-finance law.

Documents relinquished on Wednesday show that three Republican commissioners sided with the FEC’s two Democrats and one independent to repudiate a complaint from the Republican National Committee that Twitter contravened campaign finance laws.

FEC Vice Chairman Allen Dickerson and Commissioner James Trainor III indited (pdf) in their justification that while Twitter vigorously maintains that its decision to throttle the sharing of the Post articles at issue… resulted from the evenhanded application of its content mitigation policies.

Given Twitter’s clear denials and destitute of any denotements, other than pristine conjecture, to the contrary, the Commission found that these allegations simply did not meet our evidentiary standard and voted accordingly,

they opined.

The decision not to penalize Twitter will likely trigger calls to reform or abolish Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that accommodates as a liability shield for major platforms. The law’s upbraiders verbally express that Big Tech companies should lose those protections if they operate akin to a publisher rather than a neutral platform, while some have verbalized that gregarious media websites now efficaciously operate as a “public square.”


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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