When Facebook throttled the Hunter Biden laptop story three weeks before the 2020 election, it was mindful of a warning about Russia propaganda that it had received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That’s according to founder Mark Zuckerberg, who discussed it this week on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Mr. Zuckerberg said the FBI told Facebook that “there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election” and “there’s about to be some kind of dump that’s similar to that, so just be vigilant.” Mr. Rogan, showing a good interviewer’s killer instinct, asked whether the FBI explicitly flagged Hunter’s laptop as disinformation. “No,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “I don’t remember if it was that specifically, but it basically fit the pattern.”