The collective banishment by Big Tech only served to make Trump’s words more widespread, a Monday, analysis by the New York Times found.
Probably one of the most vociferous US presidents online in history, Donald Trump’s exile from dominant social media platforms since the January 6 Capitol riot only helped his subsequent statements gain more attention even when he has been much less loquacious since, the June 7 data shows.
According to the outlet, the mute sentence that social media giants granted Trump only saw the likes and shares rates of his statements reduced by roughly 25%, from 272,000 to 36,000 likes and shares. Nevertheless, 11 of his 89 statements after the ban were liked and shared either as many as before or more.
Even when the former president was gagged from directly appearing on the platforms, according to a finding that looked at Trump-related posts on these social media sites, his messages found their way to disseminate through his many supporters and fanpages.
The topmost frequent sharers of Trump’s statements were, the right-wing publication Breitbart News, a Facebook page called “President Donald Trump Fan Club,” Fox News, and Trump attorney Jenna Ellis.
But it was Trump’s taunting of conservatives that gained the most popularity, as they incite reactions from both his advocates and antagonists.
On February 16, when Trump reprimanded minority leader GOP Senator Mitch McConnell for refusing to join voices with him on questioning the integrity of the 2020 presidential election outcomes, top sharers of his remarks on the left were a Facebook page “Stand With Mueller” and CNN journalist Jim Acosta.
The attempt to diffuse attention on the 2020 election controversies by Big Tech at least is effective, however. The data shows that his assertions on the voting results were 17% much less widespread, as such topic was also listed as a target of cancellation for being “misinformation.”
Speaking of the effect of “deplatforming,” resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which studies disinformation, Emerson Brooking said that Donald Trump’s case proves censorship may not stop “disinformation” but can still serve as a disruptor of information sharing of certain contain.
The newspaper listed Trump’s comments that gained the most popularity recently include the baseball boycott, his endorsement of specific conservatives like radio personality Rush Limbaugh, and his criticism of President Joe Biden’s many policies.