Donald Trump's Instagram And Facebook Accounts Restored

Darnell Taylor
January 18, 2021

A new analysis of online misinformation released Saturday showed that false and wildly misleading content regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was reduced by almost three-fourths overall after President Donald Trump was barred from posting on major social media sites in the wake of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building by his supporters.

The last post on Trump's Instagram page is a call for his supporters to gather in Washington DC for "the Save America March" on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Trump and his team made several baseless comments on social media about the 2020 USA election.

Final Wednesday, Trump returned to Twitter in a video posted by way of the official @POTUS account, complaining that his deplatforming by Twitter and others was an "unprecedented assault on free speech", however he'll not have entry to that account as of January 20 with president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Over the next two days, Twitter had labeled 38% of Trump's tweets about the electoral process as misleading. He also pushed false claims that mail-in ballots were fraudulent.

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Trump's efforts to undermine the election then went into overdrive.

Trump continued non-stop to employ social media to undermine our democracy as well as call for his supporters to attend his January 6 rally.

Donald Trump posted quite aggressively saying that votes were stolen in the USA and supporters should fight.

The data shows that when platforms like Twitter and Facebook decide to act against the kind of rhetoric that leads to things like deadly assaults on the U.S. Capitol Building, it can have a tangible impact on the kinds of conversations that are happening on social media. Take part in our poll. But it's abundantly clear that social media companies need to act far more swiftly in the future when people - especially public figures with vast followings - use their platforms to spread risky misinformation. Another 41% responded social media is at least "somewhat" responsible for the attack - with only 19% absolving these platforms of any responsibility.

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