I'm worried.

Traffic is apparently *down* all over media-land.

If Trump gets re-platformed... I doubt editors will resist stories amplifying his disinformation.

It's not like we spent the past few months *actually* fixing our collective disinformation immune system.
Trump isn't just a guy, he's an entire disinformation ecosystem.

ONCE/IF Trump is back I think he'll chase public & bruising "censorship" showdowns w/whomever platforms him.

Then leverage defenders & ecosystem to bully platforms into permitting increasingly problematic stuff.
Plenty pro-Trump stuff also slid to *other* platforms, like Gab, Rumble, Parler, Bitchute...

Big platforms lost some traffic. Only they know whether it was enough to hurt.

I wish I were optimistic enough to believe this won't influence their thinking about re-platforming.
Having just tracked media's inability to refrain from cynical clickbait about the #CovidVaccine ...

I believe that if Trump is re-platformed, they will grease our slide backwards.

It will be swift & awful.

Only this time we'll have headed into it eyes-wide-open.
Here is your proof that things are still broken. Think about how much time we spend reacting to folks like:

- T*cker Carl*on
- Marjo*ie T*ylor Gr**ne

Their antics bring traffic to the table. That makes them un-ignorable.

So, we amplify their poison.
Might be true that paywalls protect a news site's virtue.

But they are also closing off quality information sources. One by one...

...making ever more room for cynical players ready to generate the raw material that the social media machinery needs.

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