From Nicole, Accountable Tech <[email protected]>
Subject major letdown
Date March 18, 2023 5:45 PM
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Hey there --

Ugh -- the Big Tech Friday news dump this week was particularly bleak yesterday: 

YouTube announced it would reinstate Donald Trump’s account, coincidentally the same day he released a video calling the 2020 election “stolen” and demanding that January 6th insurrectionists be released from prison. [1] 

Just a few hours later, Trump posted on Facebook for the first time, weeks after Meta reinstated his account last month, despite his “use of [the] platform to incite violent insurrection” in Mark Zuckerberg’s own words. [2]

Already this morning Trump has taken to social media to urge supporters to protest and “take back our nation.” [3] Having Trump back on social media platforms hands him a megaphone for his extremism and disinformation. Our research found more than 350 posts last year from his own platform, Truth Social, fueled violence, spread election lies, and promoted domestic terrorist organizations like QAnon. [4]

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We've witnessed the dangers of Trump’s presence on social media platforms, and reinstating his YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts only puts American lives and our democracy at risk. We can’t normalize his behavior – our democracy depends on it.


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