This week, we’re trying something new. Instead of writing up an article of our own attempting to prepare you for our debate this week, we’re compiling a number of articles, podcasts, and videos that you can pick from as you learn more about social media censorship and platform regulation.
Let’s begin with the obvious: President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter on January 8, following a series of Tweets about his supporters, the results of the November election, and his decision to not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this Wednesday. Twitter laid out its reasoning for their decision in a lengthy blog post, citing violations of their “glorification of violence” policy. Facebook banned President Trump at least until the end of his term on January 8; since then, YouTube and Google have moved to limit access to much of Trump’s digital content as well.
Since then, the new and less-moderated social media platform Parler has had its web hosting service canceled by Amazon, and Twitter and Facebook deleted thousands of accounts, including many belonging to high-profile, blue-checkmarked conservative figures.
Perspectives on these events:
But all this happens against the backdrop of a larger debate about the power and presence of misinformation on social media:
For more information about Google and Facebook’s ongoing legal troubles, which may come up in Tuesday's debate, check out our explainer from December. Thanks for reading--and let us know if you like this choose-your-own-adventure debate prep format better!
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