Now that Twitter has banned its loudest voice, has the platform lost its status as a political tool? Not really, at least in the short run, I argue in my latest column for Campaigns & Elections. For one thing, DJT wasn’t the only one relying on it: Some critics deride “hashtag...Read More »
The White House changed hands on January 20th, and so did all of social-media properties associated with it. As Laurence Dobbs covered in the UK’s Daily Telegraph around the time of the inauguration, this process was unusually fraught when one of the parties involved was named Donald Trump...Read More »
After Chaos in the Capitol, Facebook and Twitter Cut Trump’s Direct Line to the Public. What Took Them So Long?
So now we know what it takes for Facebook and Twitter to cut off Trump: an angry mob storming the United States Capitol. Before today, these companies had overlooked a lot. Consistent racism? Sad, but he’s a public figure. Lies and conspiracies? If people didn’t want them, they...Read More »
After Joe Biden nailed down the Democratic presidential nomination almost a year ago, many worried that Donald Trump’s online disinformation machine would make short work of him. As the election season built toward the fall and Trump’s social-media numbers consistently blew...Read More »
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped a bomb on U.S. political advertisers today: no new ads related to candidates or issues will run on Facebook or Instagram in the week before Election Day this year. The decision comes as the company tries to deal with an expected flood of disinformation this...Read More »
Top photo: George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis. By by Lorie Shaull via via Wikipedia. Despite a pandemic, Americans gathered in vast numbers over the past few weeks to protest the deaths of George Floyd and other people of color at the hands of police. Without social media, though, those streets...Read More »