by Penka Arsova
Twitter and Facebook appeared to incite the Streisand Effect last week, unintentionally demonstrating how it works.
The Streisand Effect is named after singer Barbra Streisand who sued a photographer for posting a picture of her Malibu home. The picture was downloaded a total of six times, two of those by her lawyers, when she took notice of it but after the lawsuit, it started receiving thousands of visits a month.
What happened: Last week, Facebook and Twitter cracked down on a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s emails. The report came weeks before the election and cast doubt on Joe Biden’s claims that he had not talked to his son about his business dealings abroad. Facebook said it would reduce the reach of the story until its fact-checkers verified it and Twitter banned it completely, including in direct messages.
Twitter locked accounts of users who shared it, deleted tweets, and claimed the story violated its policy about sharing hacked materials, although there is no evidence the emails were obtained through hacking.