Trump’s Social Media Suspension: What does this mean for disinformation and democracy?
“What we have started to see is a normalisation of disinformation in politics… There is more information than ever before but we feel that we know less” explains Arwen Smit, author of Identity Robot at our latest CogXtra in partnership with Fabric Ventures ‘Hacking Democracy’, and never have these words rang truer.
Recent events In the wake of right-wing extremists storming the US Capitol Building on Tuesday, Trump took to Social Media to reiterate the lies that have plagued social platforms for months:
“We had an election that was stolen from us,”
As a result of this we have seen Twitter and Facebook take unprecedented moves to stop disinformation, with latest developments prompting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ban Trump from Facebook and Instagram.
News outlets around the world are looking at what this means for the future of hate speech, disinformation and censorship.
What are the responses?
- Axios has called it ‘an extraordinary step for Facebook to take, given that the company has been one of the slowest to take action against the President’s account and has historically prioritized free speech’
- MIT Technology review shows experts have suggested that the events at the Capitol indisputably show why labels and individual takedowns no longer go far enough.
- There has been some backlash, with the Guardian reporting NSA Whistleblower, Edward Snowden has tweeted that Facebook has “officially silence[d] the President of the United States. For better or worse, this will be remembered as a turning point in the battle for control over digital speech.”
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