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Editorial: Facebook’s Hunter Biden failure

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the FBI is to blame for the social media site suppressing posts about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

He let that bomb drop on Joe Rogan’s podcast this past week as he attempted to whitewash the censorship.

“When we take down something that we’re not supposed to, that is like, uh, that is the worst,” the boy wonder said with a sigh. He adds a lot more confirming he’s winging it with the social-media site.

Facebook is not and never will be a legitimate news site. It’s an aggregator. There’s a huge difference between pet photos, erectile dysfunction ads and political news.

Zuckerberg goes on to say there are “tradeoffs up and down” in how Facebook filters users. No kidding. He should be honest and recast that statement to say, “It’s all about the bottom line.”

The fact is Hunter Biden’s laptop and all the dysfunction contained within hit as his dad was trying to upend an incumbent president. That alone should have raised skepticism through the roof when the FBI came calling.

He said the agency warned of “Russian propaganda” and to be vigilant. “We don’t want to decide what is true or false,” he told Rogan, so he caved.

That’s the key. Mark Zuckerberg is not a journalist. He didn’t put in the hard work to back up or knock down the laptop story.

“It sucks,” he said of being wrong. “It sucks, though, in the same way of going through a criminal trial but being proven innocent in the end.”

We’re not sure we agree with that. There are countless cases where defendants redeem their good names — and even help the authorities get the real bad guys — by taking their case to a court of law. Same goes for civil cases. The system can work, but it takes diligent journalists trained in how to detect bull to ferret out the truth.

Mark Zuckerberg has cheapened that by feeding off real reporters to light fires on his site that keep the clicks coming.

Rogan said he didn’t know what he would have done, but he did say he “would want to talk to someone at the New York Post” and ask, “How do you know this is correct?”

They published it, which would be the logical answer.

This is exactly why the FBI has lost its luster. A new poll shows independent voters — who decide elections — question the agency’s raid of Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, Rasmussen Reports says.

Conservatives have rallied around the former president, as could be expected, but the raid also has unenrolled voters seeing red. The poll states 46% of voters, who don’t follow one party or the other, trust the FBI less.

Another 18% trust the FBI more, according to Rasmussen. Some 7% can’t decide, yet.

Zuckerberg probably scanned that poll — or one of his minions sure did.

No matter how many times the Meta CEO attempts to convince everyone that Facebook can handle the mess they’ve unleashed on society, it remains painfully clear hard work is not part of their algorithm.

They just want you to post and click; comment and scroll.

Facebook is an ego-driven stew where as soon as the heat is turned up, the Silicon Valley overseers pull the plug so they won’t need to cancel dinner reservations.

There are insights galore you can Google on this, but this one seems to fit today: “A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless,” James Baldwin wrote.

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