Twitter Did Not Violate Election Laws by Throttling Hunter Biden Article, FEC Finds

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden laugh as they listen to the grandson of George McGovern at a prayer service for former Democratic Senator George McGovern in Sioux Falls, S.D., October 25, 2012. (Nati Harnik/Reuters)

After months of review, the Federal Election Commission determined that Twitter did not violate election laws by restricting access to a New York Post article alleging the president’s son, Hunter Biden, engaged in influence-peddling via shady overseas business dealings.

The social media giant had both blocked users from sharing a link to the article and from sharing the link with other users through direct message.

The agency ruled that the social media company did not act out of political motivation but for a commercial purpose and therefore did not break the law, according to a explanation of the decision acquired by The New York Times.

Twitter’s censorship of the October Hunter Biden article triggered backlash from conservatives and Republican lawmakers, who argued that such preferential treatment of a presidential candidate’s family member by a tech titan constituted an “illegal in-kind contribution” to the campaign.

The Post story, based on email correspondence between Hunter Biden and an executive at

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