After the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald J. Trump, social media websites together with Twitter and Fb have been urged to restrict hate speech and the glorification of violence on their platforms.
Jan 6, 2021: “These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for thus lengthy,” Mr. Trump tweets, with an accompanying submit to Fb. Different posts embody a video telling his supporters to “go dwelling now,” whereas additionally providing encouragement equivalent to “I understand how you’re feeling.” Twitter and Fb each ultimately take away a few of the posts and say the president can be suspended a minimum of till the following day.
Jan 7, 2021: Fb bars Mr. Trump by the tip of his time period, or till Jan. 20. Mark Zuckerberg, Fb’s chief govt, says the dangers of Mr. Trump utilizing the service have been too nice. Mr. Trump posts a video to Twitter saying he’ll help a peaceable transition of energy.
Jan 8, 2021: Twitter completely bars Mr. Trump from his service “because of the danger of additional incitement of violence,” successfully reducing him off from his favourite megaphone.
Jan 10, 2021: Stripped from a platform, Mr. Trump faces a problem find a brand new option to command consideration.
June 4, 2021: Fb updates its stance on the suspension of Mr. Trump’s account, saying it might final a minimum of two years. Fb additionally says it can finish a coverage of treating posts from politicians in another way from these of different customers.
June 7, 2021: Occasions reporters analyze a whole bunch of on-line communications and posts and discover that Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters continued to unfold his message after the ban — doing the work that he had been unable to do himself.
Feb 18, 2022: Fact Social, Mr. Trump’s various to Twitter, has needed to delay its rollout, whilst the sphere of websites pitching themselves as freer platforms turns into extra crowded.
April 27, 2022: Fact Social is inundated with phony accounts and options that do not work, our tech reviewer writes.
Could 6, 2022: A federal decide in San Francisco, saying he was not satisfied that Twitter had infringed on Mr. Trump’s free speech rights, dismissed Mr. Trump’s lawsuit in opposition to the corporate.
Could 10, 2022: Elon Musk, who’s within the course of of shopping for Twitter, says that he would “reverse the everlasting ban” of Mr. Trump and let him again on the social community if the deal goes by.
Could 13, 2022: Elon Musk stated in a tweet that his $44 billion bid to buy Twitter was “briefly on maintain” till he may get extra particulars to verify that spam and pretend accounts symbolize lower than 5 % of the social community’s complete customers.