Trump’s personal Twitter account had 88 million followers. It has been silenced, and social-media platforms’ influence on online discourse is clear.… via @WSJ
In a span of a couple of days, Twitter and Facebook, President Trump’s main social-media megaphones—took action to silence the president’s personal accounts or online communities devoted to him, citing rules prohibiting content that incites violence.
They were joined by companies such as Snap Inc. SNAP 0.55% and Reddit Inc.

Apple Inc., Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG 1.12% Google also took steps to boot Parler, a social-media app and website that has grown in popularity among conservatives
The actions against President Trump & Parler illustrate more starkly than ever the companies’ influence over conversation online, and the political nature of their decisions. While lauded by many, ejecting the president and some of his supporters also infuriated others.
It amounts to censorship, and the moves risked driving off some users in a way that, especially for Twitter, could reshape their businesses.

It also illustrates the political nature of how they determine what content to remove, what content to allow and what to amplify."

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