Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is the latest conservative politician to be censored under Facebook’s “fact-checking” rules.
Jordan shared an article Thursday about election integrity to his Facebook page. Shortly after it was shared, Facebook labeled it as “Partly False Information-checked by independent fact checkers.”
According to Facebook, the post was reviewed by Lead Stories. Facebook has partnered with Lead Stories to “debunk hoaxes.”
From LeadStories.com: “Lead Stories uses the Trendolizer™ engine to detect the most trending stories from known fake news, satire and prank websites and tries to debunk them as fast as possible.”
“We know Big Tech’s out to get conservatives. Now they’re actively threatening to reduce news traffic that we provide to our constituents,” Rep. Jordan told this reporter Friday.
The censorship issue has been ongoing, amid a series of incidents in which Facebook and Twitter have added warning labels on posts from President Trump after deeming them misleading or false. Recently, Trump has accused Twitter of “conservative discrimination” and called for an end of Section 230.
Trump tweeted last night that he is still planning on vetoing Section 230.
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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence
In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”
Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.
“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.
The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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