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Opinion: The real lesson of Trump's social media silencing

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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After the shocking events of Jan. 6, it is understandable that many are celebrating Trump's online muzzling as essential consequences--something unfortunately easier to demonstrate within corporate America than the halls of Washington, writes Ethan Zuckerman. But if you are afraid that Trump's removal from Twitter and Facebook reflect the outsize power those platforms have over public life, you're not wrong: we are now discovering how vulnerable online speech can be.

(CNN)On January 8, President Donald Trump was kicked off his soapbox: He lost his Twitter account.

These actions reflect a major shift in how large social media platforms handle extreme speech.

We are indeed seeing a shift by the platforms away from their previous free-speech absolutism toward an understanding of speech moderation as a matter of public health and safety: Sharing disinformation about Covid makes it harder to fight the disease; similarly, sharing disinformation about voting weakens our democracy.

Under the paradigm of the public good, it makes much more sense for platforms to control speech more assertively.

Many of the millions of subscribers Trump has lost on Twitter would likely find him on a new platform.

All that said, the power over speech enjoyed by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is still deeply problematic.

If you are afraid that Trump's removal from Twitter and Facebook reflect the disproportionate power those platforms have over public life, you're not wrong.

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