Deplatforming Trump won’t stop the big lie.

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Former US president Donald Trump has now been kicked off of social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest. His suspension followed a violent insurrection on the Capitol in his name, and came months after Twitter had begun flagging hundreds of his posts for false statements about the election that he lost. But, as Platformer’s Casey Newton explains, banning Trump was actually the easy part. Now tech platforms have a new problem: How do you combat misinformation when it’s become bigger than any single user?

Casey Newton writes Platformer, a publication about the intersection of big tech and democracy: https://www.platformer.news/

Read more from Vox about how Trump’s absence from Twitter and Facebook had near-immediate effects on the platforms:
https://www.vox.com/2021/1/16/22234971/trump-twitter-facebook-social-media-ban-election-misinformation-zignal

And Recode’s Peter Kafka on what Trump’s deplatforming might mean for Trump and his supporters: https://www.vox.com/recode/22241390/trump-twitter-facebook-ban-deplatform-alex-jones-milo

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