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FEC Republican Commissioner Sean Cooksey A Republican Federal Election Commission member said Twitter may have been biased when it blocked news outlets' stories about Hunter Biden's laptop - but insisted the social media giant was entitled to do so because it is a private firm. FEC Republican Commissioner Sean Cooksey and five other FEC commissioners unanimously voted to reject the Republican National Committee's complaint against Twitter, which claimed the social media company had political motives to censor the articles. The FEC ruled that Twitter's actions fell under the commission's media exemption and did not qualify as a form of contribution to Biden's campaign. In his 'In my view, the record doesn't establish whether Twitter was consistently enforcing a politically neutral business policy or using its platform to support one candidate over another. But I also think the answer to that question is ultimately irrelevant. 'I conclude Twitter is a publisher with a First Amendment right to control the content on its platform and to favor or disfavor certain speech and speakers.' The article had revealed emails indicating attempts in 2015 by his father, then vice-president Joe Biden, right, to protect a Ukrainian energy company on which Hunter sat on the board Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November about the platforms decision to block links to a Hunter Biden story before the 2020 election Fellow Republican Commissioners Allen Dickerson and James Trainor III echoed Cooksey's words and wrote that Twitter's perceived partisan behavior was irrelevant so long as it never actively encouraged 'Americans to vote one way or another.' The original New York Post story reported that emails on the computer pointed to an effort by Hunter to set up a meeting in 2015 between Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser at a Ukrainian energy firm, and his father, who was vice president at the time. When the Post attempted to share the article on Twitter, however, the platform said the article violated its terms of service regarding the sharing of 'hacked' materials. Facebook also limited the sharing of the article as well. Twitter claimed that at the time that the company believed the files may have been part of a Russian disinformation campaign. 'We made a quick interpretation, using no other evidence, that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and, according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours,' Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in November. The Post article in question made mention of a meeting set up by Hunter between Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor for the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, and then-Vice President Joe Biden Vadym Pozharskyi (pictured). Hunter sat on the company's board from 2014 to 2019, and his father successfully lobbied to have a prosecutor investigating the company fired Biden subsequently and successfully lobbied to have a Ukrainian prosecutor fired as he investigated the firm, Burisma, which Hunter held a position on its board from 2014 to 2019. The Biden campaign had also dismissed the revelations as a smear and a Russian disinformation campaign during the 2020 presidential campaign. At the time, liberal media outlets had cast doubt on the authenticity of the files contained in the laptop, which was found at a computer repair shop in Delaware. That sparked Twitter to block sharing of the article, and their damaging revelations, ahead of the election. However, a DailyMail.com forensic analysis of the computer's hard drive revealed that the files were genuine, and subsequently published multiple exclusive stories regarding their contents. Hunter Biden himself has also admitted that the laptop could be his. Speaking to promote his memoir Beautiful Things on CBS earlier this year, he said: 'Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me.' The Biden campaign blasted the report, with spokesman Andrew Bates saying, 'We have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.' Joe Biden said the claims made in the article were untrue despite Hunter admitting that the hacked laptop could have been his Emails on the laptop revealed an effort by Hunter to set up an exclusive dinner in Washington DC in April, 2015. The guest list included '3 seats for our KZ friends. 2 seats for Yelana and husband. 2 you and me. 3 seats for WFPUSA people. Vadym. 3 Ambassadors (MX, ?, ?)' and told guests that 'the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,' adding 'Dad will be there but keep that btw us for now' Biden's advisors, however, would quietly concede later that it was possible informal meeting between the vice president and Pozharskyi could have taken place, reported. Dealings of Hunter Biden outlined in the emails include a March 2015 effort to organize am exclusive dinner at Georgetown's Cafe Milano, where the meeting between Pozharskyi and Hunter's father may have taken place, DailyMail.com reported earlier this year. International figures on the dinner guest list included Pozharskyi, and Michael Karloutsos, the son of the then-head of the Greek Orthodox Church with an email sent to them by Hunter saying, 'Dad will be there but keep that btw us for now.' After, Pozharskyi sent an email to Hunter thanking him for the opportunity, writing, 'Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.' The files on the laptop, which Donald Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani said he obtained from a computer repair shop in Delaware, also contained compromising photos of Hunter, in which he appeared naked and using hard drugs with a number of women. Both the Democrats, and a number of news outlets claimed the files were part of a Russian disinformation campaign. The Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, however, would say that October that there was no evidence of foreign meddling 'Hunter Biden's laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign,' he told .