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A US senator on Thursday called Twitter and Facebook “collaborators” in the riot that ravaged the US Capitol on Wednesday, and a host of tech luminaries blasted the executives who lead the companies. Activists called suspending President Trump from Facebook and Twitter “a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.”

But how the big social media companies move forward from a day of historic unrest and the disinformation that led to it is not yet clear. A 21st century societal challenge awaits a new president, the social media networks, and the companies that do business on them, experts say. And there’s no consensus about the best way to address the viral disinformation that led to the siege of the US government?

President Trump has tweeted for two months that his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden was fraudulent, including his since-deleted tweet after the riots saying “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away” and urging the participants to “go home with love.” 

Twitter and Facebook have put special flags and disclaimers on posts that include disinformation about the election, COVID-19, and other topics, including many from …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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