In a bombshell interview, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that his company’s flagship, Facebook, did not allow the Hunter Biden laptop story to spread on the platform.
In a Thursday episode of Spotify’s “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Zuckerberg said that at the FBI’s behest, the social app made sure that a “meaningful” percentage of users were unable to see or share the story.
“Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us,” he told Rogan. “Some folks on our team, and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert, there was, we thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election.”
“We have it on notice that, basically, there’s about to be some kind of dump of that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant,” he continued.
“When something like that turns out to be real, is there regret for not having it evenly distributed and for throttling the distribution of that story?” Rogan asked.
“Yeah, it sucks,” Zuckerberg continued. “It turned out after the fact, the fact-checkers looked into it, no one was able to say it was false … I think it sucks, though, in the same way that probably having to go through a criminal trial but being proven innocent in the end sucks.”
Though he flip-flopped about if the FBI told Meta that they needed to “be on guard about that story.”
“No, I don’t remember if it was that specifically, but it basically fit the pattern,” Zuckerberg added before shifting the focus to social rival Twitter, which completely shut the story down.
“Our protocol is different than Twitter’s. What Twitter did is they said you can’t share this at all. We didn’t do that,” Zuckerberg went on. “For the five or seven days when it was basically being determined whether it was false, the distribution on Facebook was decreased, but people were still allowed to share it. “You could still share it, you could still consume it.”
He believes that Meta’s process was “pretty reasonable,” but noted that Facebook users still complained about the restrictions.
“This is a hyper-political issue, so depending on what side of the political spectrum, you either think we didn’t censor enough or censored it way too much, but we weren’t as black and white about it as Twitter,” Zuckerberg concluded.
Watch the interview here: