Trump’s Expulsion From Social Media: When Is It Time to Ban an Account?

Trump’s Expulsion From Social Media: When Is It Time to Ban an Account?

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Abstract

After the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, social media platforms were finally forced to take action against accounts that were inciting violence or spreading election fraud conspiracy theories. Former President Donald Trump, whose tweets were credited with instigating the Capitol riots, was quickly banned from numerous social media outlets, as were some of his most public allies. This case goes over Trump’s expulsion from social media and asks students to discuss the reasoning and timing behind the bans and how this might impact social media content moderation going forward.

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