After Trump bans, online misinformation dropped a staggering 73%
Who would have guessed that deplatforming actually works?
Donald Trump has spent months (and years) twisting truths and spreading variably false statements on social media and little was done to stop it.
Sure, Twitter added some warnings and such, but let’s be real here, those only powered up his base. Recently, however, social media platforms took greater actions and banned Trump off of Twitter and Facebook, and even YouTube has suspended his channel.
But how effective are those bans in stopping the spread of misinformation? Surprisingly, it seems to be extremely effective. According to a new report from research firm Zignal Labs and reported on by The Washington Post, misinformation dropped by 73 percent.
Their research showed that mentions about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across websites like Twitter and Facebook. Also, hashtags like #FightforTrump, #HoldTheLine, and more showed large drops.
Another study highlighted in The Washington Post report notes that large pro-Donald Trump accounts (20 in total) were considered “superspreaders.” This report found that these accounts were responsible for 1/5 of the retweets spreading misinformation about the election.
It makes you wonder, if social platforms had taken action earlier, would things like the US Capitol riots have been avoided? Of course, there was still Parler, but much of this discourse started on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
- Parler is (kinda) back thanks to a Russian tech company
- Jack Dorsey believes banning Trump on Twitter was right, but worries it could be a slippery slope
- Facebook warns its employees to stop wearing company swag out in public after the Trump ban
- In desperation, Parler is suing Amazon after it booted them from AWS