Left-Leaning Writer Reacts To Zuckerberg’s FBI Claim: ‘How Is This Not A Huge Story?’

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped a major bombshell this week when he acknowledged that the FBI contacted Facebook officials in an ostensible effort to warn them about Russian disinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

In reality, however, the bureau appeared to be interested in covering up reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had a trove of compromising information and evidence of criminal activity on a laptop he left at a Delaware computer repair shop.

As Zuckerberg explained to podcast host Joe Rogan, the social media platform dutifully suppressed reports of the Hunter Biden laptop in accordance with the advice of the FBI.

He said: “We just kind of thought, hey, look, if the FBI, which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s like very professional law enforcement, they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously.”

Republican and conservative pundits, many of whom were already outraged over the FBI’s decision to conduct an intrusive search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence, were up in arms after hearing Zuckerberg’s allegations. At least a few leftist sources joined them in calling for more media scrutiny of the bureau’s behavior.

Matt Taibbi, who previously served as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, spent time engaging with fellow progressives on Twitter after initially asking: “How is this not a huge story?”

He went on to proclaim that this revelation proves the “information police are here,” adding: “The FBI warning Facebook away from a factually true story is incredibly ominous.”

Many commenters attempted to shift the focus to Fox News or claim that the Hunter Biden story was, in fact, some type of fake news. Taibbi was prepared with fact-based replies to many of the partisan posts.

“This isn’t about left vs. right media,” he wrote in response to one critic who advanced a strawman argument about Fox News. “It’s about the FBI policing speech in the middle of an election. Violates the first principles of our society in a major way.”

For its part, the FBI responded to Zuckerberg’s claim with a statement denying that agents pressured Facebook to limit the reach of the laptop story.

“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the statement asserted.