The Trump campaign is trying to drop a ‘October Surprise’ of the likes of the Comey one that derailed the Hillary Clinton campaign in the last week….
They have a NY Post story about Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden that’s been shopped around by Rudy Giuliani about a meeting that Joe Biden says never happened….
The response by social media companies have been set up as the companies anticipating domestic disinformation and misleading accounts, i.e. ‘lies’……
The major on-line cable channels has given the the NY Post story little mention….
….Wednesday’s actions were the result of a year of tech companies’ scenario-planning exercises for the 2020 election, including the possibility of a “hack-and-leak” situation of potentially unverified emails that could help swing the election.
Four years after Russian operatives exploited tech giants’ services during a presidential contest, the companies’ swift and aggressive steps in responding to the unverified story, and their divergent responses, are a real-time case study in their ability to protect the integrity of an election that has been marred by domestic disinformation and misleading accounts. That activity has included misinformation about Biden’s health, the dying wish of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the validity of mail-in ballots — much of it spread by Trump and his supporters.
Some of the dozens of scenarios Facebook and Twitter prepared for were along the lines of the 2016 campaign, when Russia-tied WikiLeaks dumped the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta. Many news organizations at the time covered the email-dump without first sufficiently exploring the organization’s political motivations and Russia ties….