Trump’s Twitter ban led to a 73% drop in election misinformation

Of trump Ban from twitter, Facebook, And other social media platforms Controversial, But they have been effective in achieving one goal: facing misinformation. According to the research firm Jignal Labs, And as reported Washington Post, After Trump’s ban, misinformation about election fraud dropped to 73%.

According to the report, which covers the period from 9 to 15 January:

  • “Conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000.”
  • The use of hashtags related to the capital riot decreased significantly. #FightforTrump dropped by 95 percent.
  • #HoldTheLine and “March for Trump” fell to 95 percent.
  • The popular QAnon hashtag and phrases dropped, but conspiracy theories and mention of its leader increased ‘Q’ by 15 percent. The latter is not necessarily due to being supported by Trump; This may be explained by the increased coverage of the theory after the riot.

Media Matters of America also found that people were sharing and clicking content from at least political Facebook pages after the ban.

East The research Had suggested that Trump’s tweet was largely retweeted by his supporters regardless of their content, giving them enormous power to shape conversations and perceived truths among their audiences. Similarly, A study It was released in October that just 20 accounts, including Trump, were responsible for misinformation about voting and mail-in ballots.

Of course, a week is a very short time, and there is no telling what exactly will happen in the long run. Not a single one can fully predict how social media might refer if Trump was not banned.

Nevertheless, it now appears that de-platforming served to reduce misinformation. Trump’s following will almost certainly be small; The hope, now, is that it does not become More extreme As users turn to social media networks that make minimal efforts to counter misinformation


On the Washington Post