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

19 Janvier, 2021, 19:47 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

President Trump's permanent ban from Twitter helped eliminate huge clouds of misinformation that were polluting social-media networks, according to new research.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account over the social media platform's concerns that POTUS may further use the platform to incite violence, a few days after he continued to dispute the results of the 3 November presidential election and in the wake of the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, DC by the U.S. president's supporters on 6 January.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on January 7, the day after the storming of the Capitol, that Trump's accounts will be suspended in order to facilitate a peaceful transition of power.

"The research by Zignal and other groups suggests that a powerful, integrated disinformation ecosystem - composed of high-profile influencers, rank-and-file followers and Trump himself - was central to pushing millions of Americans to reject the election results and may have trouble surviving without his social media accounts", The Post reported. Trump's Facebook account has also been on "indefinite" hiatus, and the Media Matters for America watchdog has seen a decline in media being read and shared from Facebook pages that slant right.

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The use of hashtags related to the Capitol riot dipped considerably.

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.

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. One also can't fully predict how social media mentions may have trended if Trump had not been banned either.

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