After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald J. Trump, social media websites together with Twitter and Facebook had been urged to restrict hate speech and the glorification of violence on their platforms.
Jan. 6, 2021: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Mr. Trump tweets, with an accompanying publish to Facebook. Other posts embrace a video telling his supporters to “go home now,” whereas additionally providing encouragement reminiscent of “I know how you feel.” Twitter and Facebook both eventually remove some of the posts and say the president will likely be suspended a minimum of till the following day.
Jan. 7, 2021: Facebook bars Mr. Trump by means of the tip of his time period, or till Jan. 20. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief government, says the dangers of Mr. Trump utilizing the service had been too nice. Mr. Trump posts a video to Twitter saying he’ll help a peaceable transition of energy.
Jan. 8, 2021: Twitter permanently bars Mr. Trump from its service “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” successfully reducing him off from his favourite megaphone.
Jan. 10, 2021: Stripped of a platform, Mr. Trump faces a problem in finding a new way to command attention.
June 4, 2021: Facebook updates its stance on the suspension of Mr. Trump’s account, saying it could final a minimum of two years. Facebook additionally says it would finish a coverage of treating posts from politicians otherwise from these of different customers.
June 7, 2021: Times reporters analyze a whole lot of on-line communications and posts and discover that Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters continued to spread his message after the ban — doing the work that he had been unable to do himself.
Feb. 18, 2022: Truth Social, Mr. Trump’s different to Twitter, has needed to delay its rollout, at the same time as the field of sites pitching themselves as freer platforms becomes more crowded.
April 27, 2022: Truth Social is inundated with phony accounts and options that don’t work, our tech reviewer writes.
May 6, 2022: A federal decide in San Francisco, saying he was not convinced that Twitter had infringed on Mr. Trump’s free speech rights, dismisses Mr. Trump’s lawsuit in opposition to the corporate.
May 10, 2022: Elon Musk, who’s within the course of of shopping for Twitter, says that he would “reverse the permanent ban” of Mr. Trump and let him again on the social community if the deal goes by means of.
May 13, 2022: Elon Musk mentioned in a tweet that his $44 billion bid to buy Twitter was “temporarily on hold” till he may get extra particulars to verify that spam and pretend accounts characterize lower than 5 % of the social community’s complete customers.