Alleged explicit videos of presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter were uploaded onto the website GTV on Saturday as part of attempts to claim that the younger Biden is compromised by the country’s ruling Communist Party. One of the videos contained text that read, “Joe Biden is 100% controlled by the Chinese Communist Party as one of the most successful political instances of the BGY program,” a reference to a conspiracy theory that the Chinese government uses corruption and blackmail of powerful people in a bid to take over the world. The narrative is espoused by GTV’s owner, exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who is also an associate of Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani. Guo has previously used GTV and media allies — especially the YouTuber Wang Dinggang — to advance a narrative about the Bidens, brought to prominence by the New York Post, that the family engages in corruption and influence peddling. On October 13, the night before the Post’s first Hunter Biden story was published, Wang appeared to tease it on his show, directly referencing both Hunter Biden and the paper.
When GTV published the alleged Biden video this weekend, Twitter again took action to limit its spread, blocking links to the site and suspending or locking accounts that circulated it. Some Twitter users also said Facebook was taking similar measures. But Wang is using at least two alternative platforms where he continues to share explicit images of Hunter Biden in a bid to circumvent the restrictions.
Despite Twitter and Facebook’s aggressive action against the graphic material, which is uncorroborated, it continues to be shared on both those platforms and elsewhere. On Twitter, Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican House candidate from Florida, said in a tweet that was shared more than 1,500 times that Joe Biden is “compromised” by Chinese blackmail. The conservative commentator Dan Bongino also shared a link to an article on his website headlined, “Alleged Hunter Biden Videos Prove Joe Biden Could Be a Major National Security Threat.” It was retweeted more than 2,400 times.
This analysis is from our disinformation email briefings.
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