Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his first appearance on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast Thursday where he revealed the FBI advised him about “misinformation” leading up to the 2020 election.
After Rogan asked “Zuck” how his company handles controversial stories like the Hunter Biden laptop saga that could influence political elections, the CEO admitted his company limited the reach of the story.
The FBI allegedly contacted the social media company ahead of the New York Post publishing its Hunter laptop article.
“We just kind of thought, ‘Hey look, if the FBI — which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s very professional law enforcement — they come to us and tell us we need to be on guard about something, then I’m going to take that seriously,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
Next, the Meta CEO noted his company handled the NY Post piece differently than Twitter, which prohibited users from sharing or posting the article at all.
Facebook, Zuckerberg said, allowed users to share the Hunter story while ensuring it showed up in the NewsFeed less often and received less traffic overall.
Considering the political ramifications of this action, limiting the reach of such a bombshell story could certainly be considered a form of election meddling encouraged by the FBI.
When Rogan asked how it feels to have censored a story that ended up being true, “Zuck” admitted, “It sucks. Because it turned out after the fact, I mean the fact-checkers looked into it and nobody could say it was false. So, basically it had this period where it was getting less distribution.”
However, the Meta CEO claimed everything worked out in the end since the Hunter laptop story has now been admitted to be true.
Of course, this doesn’t answer for the way voters would have felt about Joe Biden if the truth were revealed originally.