Twitter banned Trump -- and misinformation dropped 73% the following week

PAUL SHORTINO 'Denying The President And Others The Right To Express Opinions Is Dangerous To The Nation'

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The accounts of incumbent US President Donald Trump have been unblocked on Facebook and Instagram after a 14-day freeze issued after the riots at the Capitol Hill. Trump and the accounts of his campaign and some top advisers were also suspended from Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, Shopify, Pinterest, and several other platforms.

'Together, those actions will likely significantly reduce the amount of online misinformation in the near term, ' Kate Starbird, a professor at the University of Washington who studies crisis informatics and rumors, told The Washington Post.

Zignal's analysis looked at the week after Trump was kicked off Twitter and found that conversations about election fraud fell from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several top social media platforms - not just Twitter.

'What happens in the long term is still up in the air'.

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.

As well as, on January 12, Twitter stated it had additionally eliminated greater than 70,000 accounts that have been "engaged in sharing risky QAnon-associated content material", referring to the weird pro-Trump conspiracy cult.

In the week before and following Election Day, Twitter labeled 300,000 tweets related to the U.S. presidential election 'potentially misleading'.

The Trump account was permanently suspended from Twitter on January 8, "due to the risk of further incitement of violence".

Specific topics relating to "election fraud" like "voter fraud, ' 'stop the steal, ' 'illegal votes, ' and 'shredded ballots" also saw declines of between 67 and 99 per cent on Twitter.

According to the report, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was earlier not convinced a temporary ban on the president was the right decision.

He defended the ban, saying that it was the right move as offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real.

'Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. And sets a precedent I feel is unsafe: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation'.

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