Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of The Post’s exposé about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine propelled the story to the top of those platforms last week, according to a report Tuesday.
The story generated 2.59 million interactions — likes, comments and shares — on Facebook and Twitter — more than double the next biggest story about President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden, Axios reported, citing data analyzed by NewsWhip.
Stories about Hunter Biden, the reactions and how social media responded were five of the 10 biggest stories.
It was the 6th-most engaged article for the month — behind Trump testing positive for the coronavirus and rocker Eddie Van Halen’s death.
Facebook accounted for 83 percent of the interactions, with the remaining 17 percent on Twitter, which also suspended The Post’s account.
The reaction of the social media platforms to the story was the second biggest topic last week, largely driven by criticism & that the Silicon Valley giants were meddling in the election by practicing censorship.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to look into issuing subpoenas to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about their companies’ actions, but has now delayed the vote.
The Post last Wednesday revealed an email to Hunter Biden from an adviser to the board of Burisma thanking him for the “opportunity” to meet his father.
At the time, Hunter Biden served on the board and his father was vice president.
The elder Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, had previously said he never discussed his son’s overseas dealings.
Other emails described Hunter Biden’s effort to use his father’s influence to develop business relationships in China.
The messages came from a laptop Hunter Biden dropped off at a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Del., in April 2019 but never returned to pick up.