Over half of Americans believe media censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story constitutes election interference, a new survey finds.
The survey from the Media Research Center found 49 percent of respondents said it was inappropriate for social media sites to suppress an October 2020 New York Post report that showed Hunter promised Ukrainian business partners access to his father. Twitter suspended the Post‘s account following publication and blocked users from sharing the link. Fifty-two percent of respondents said the blackout constituted election interference.
Big tech has come under fire over the past year for censoring posts on hot-button issues. Facebook has regularly removed or suppressed content that suggests COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese lab. The platform also removed posts from a Gold Star mother critical of Biden's handling of the death of her son. Twitter this month suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) after he referred to a transgender Biden official as a man.
The Media Research Center survey found that the ban on the Hunter Biden story also shaped voters' perceptions of Joe Biden. Almost 30 percent of respondents said they would have been less likely to vote for Biden if they had been aware of evidence Biden lied about "knowledge of his son Hunter's overseas business dealings."
When the story first broke, media outlets labeled it Russian disinformation, even though there was no evidence that Russian agents were behind the story or that the emails had been falsified. The survey found that line has stuck with many voters, with 30 percent still saying the story was Russian disinformation.
Dan Gainor, a vice president at the Media Research Center, said the survey showed "people are finally catching on to how much we're getting manipulated by big tech." He framed the survey results as a reflection of widespread concerns about self-rule, asking the Washington Free Beacon, "How can democratically elected countries survive if big tech decides it wants to pick who wins the election?"