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In response to rampant misinformation, some see a solution in 'deplatforming'


Editor's note: This show originally aired Jan. 20, 2022.

In the aftermath of the United States Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump, among others, was suspended from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The platforms cited their own rules against instigating violence.

Many of those banned have since migrated to other, lesser-known platforms that are often less moderated. Trump also announced he would form his own media company, although it has since struggled to get followers.

Still, "deplatforming" appears to work — in the week after Trump and some of his supporters were booted from those major platforms, one study found misinformation among several sites, including Facebook and Twitter, dropped 73%.

We speak with media experts to understand the convergence of deplatforming, social media and what free speech means in the digital age.


Shannon Bond, tech correspondent for NPR

Nandini Jammi, co-founder of the Check My Ads Institute

Shannon McGregor, assistant professor at the UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism and senior researcher for UNC’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life

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Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.