The Guardian view of Trump’s populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial | Opinion

Donald Trump’s incitement of a mob attack on the US Capitol was a watershed moment for free speech and the internet. Bans against both the US president and his prominent supporters have spread across social media as well as email and e-commerce services. Parler, a social network popular with neo-Nazis, Continue Reading

Facebook targets ‘stop the steal’ content and says Trump ban may be permanent | Technology- Tempemail

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter Facebook is cracking down on content using the phrase “stop the steal”, the rallying cry of Donald Trump supporters who claim without evidence that there was voter fraud in the 2020 elections. Content supporting the “stop the steal” movement will be removed Continue Reading

Trump Twitter: Republicans and Democrats split over freedom of speech | US news- Tempemail

Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Donald Trump’s account in the wake of the storming of Capitol Hill on Wednesday continues to stoke fierce debate, supporters and critics split on partisan lines as they contest what the suspension means for a cherished American tradition: freedom of speech. Republicans – many using Continue Reading

Donald Trump Twitter ban comes to end amid calls for tougher action | US news- Tempemail

Donald Trump’s brief suspension from Twitter has come to an end, after the outgoing president deleted three tweets the social network says violated its “civic integrity policy”. Trump did not immediately return to the social network as his ban was lifted, at 7am Washington time. Just a few hours earlier, Continue Reading

In case you missed them: the Guardian’s unsung heroes of 2020 | Life and style

Election pranksters True to form for an administration that could make the most routine tasks somehow absurd, Donald Trump couldn’t even lose an election without making it weird. With close but clear results, he refused to concede, concocting a series of unhinged conspiracy theories about stolen votes and fraud – Continue Reading

Joe Biden won’t inherit Trump’s millions of Twitter followers | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Joe Biden will not inherit Donald Trump’s millions of followers on the official president of the United States and White House Twitter accounts when he assumes the presidency, marking a departure from past social media practice, the Democratic president-elect’s team said on Continue Reading

If you think Biden’s administration would rein in big tech, think again | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

Before the US presidential election I wondered aloud if Mark Zuckerberg had concluded that the re-election of Trump might be better for Facebook than a Biden victory. There were several reasons for thinking this. One was the strange way Zuckerberg appeared to be sucking up to Trump: at least one Continue Reading

Twitter flags ballot conspiracy theory shared by Trump – after it is shared widely | US news

Twitter took more than an hour to flag a highly misleading video shared by Donald Trump, which baselessly pushed claims of ballot fraud and was retweeted more than 70,000 times before the platform took action. The president, who lost the US election to Joe Biden last week, shared a video Continue Reading

The misinformation media machine amplifying Trump’s election lies | US news- Tempemail

The networks have made their calls, world leaders have begun paying their respects, and even Fox News and Rupert Murdoch’s other media outlets appear to have given up the ghost on a second term for Donald Trump. But in a video posted on Facebook on 7 November and viewed more Continue Reading

Twitter flags Trump’s claims of voter fraud | US news

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter Twitter on Monday evening flagged a tweet from Donald Trump, which baselessly claimed a recent supreme court decision would lead to voter fraud, as misinformation. Mere hours before election day, Trump tweeted without merit that the decision last week leaving in place, Continue Reading