Published: Tue, January 19, 2021

Trump's Twitter and Facebook Bans Are Working

Trump's Twitter and Facebook Bans Are Working

The Twitter ban came after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol, hoping to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

Instagram and Facebook were quick to follow suit, even though the social media platforms unblocked Trump's accounts on Friday, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier stating the bans would not be lifted until Inauguration Day on 20 January.

A new analysis of online misinformation released Saturday showed that false and wildly misleading content regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was reduced by almost three-fourths overall after President Donald Trump was barred from posting on major social media sites in the wake of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building by his supporters.

That got here after Twitter lastly banned Trump on January 8, with the corporate citing the danger of "additional incitement of violence" after the lethal assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. The latter is not necessarily due to Trump supported; it may be explained by increased coverage of the theory following the riot.

Trump and his supporters have also lost accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch, Spotify, Shopify and other social media platforms.

Earlier research had suggested that Trump's tweets were retweeted by his supporters at massive rates regardless of their content, giving him huge huge power for shaping conversations and perceived truths among his audience.

Meanwhile, a study by the Election Integrity Partnership (released before the 2020 USA election) found that a group of 20 widely followed pro-Trump Twitter accounts - including Trump's and Sean Hannity's - accounted for 20% of retweets about voting misinformation, per the Washington Post report.

Of course, a week is a very short amount of time, and there's no telling exactly what will happen in the long-term.

Still, it appears for now that de-platforming worked at reducing misinformation.

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