Twitter records 73% less fake news since Trump ousts

The ban on the current President of the United States will have obviously been beneficial for the platform. According to a study, fake news on Twitter is down 73%.

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In early January, Twitter, like several other social networks, banned Donald Trump from his platform for an indefinite period. Following the violent riots that rocked the Capitol earlier this month, the giant with the blue bird feared that the repeated remarks of the current President of the United States concerning the last elections would arouse the anger of his many supporters. Across the country. On January 9, Twitter explained about Trump as follows: “We have taken the decision to suspend this account in order to limit the risks of inciting violence”.

Less fake news

Banned for a few weeks from his favorite social network, and despite some attempts to return via the accounts of his wife Melania, or that of the White House, Donald Trump is now deprived of his word. A forced exclusion that seems to have been beneficial for Twitter. According to a recent study published by Zignal Lab and relayed by the Washington Post, the departure of the politician was accompanied by a significant drop in fake news on the platform. Between January 9 and 15, the research firm thus recorded 73% fewer tweets concerning the “fraud” of the American presidential elections. The study also found between 67% and 99% fewer tweets containing the terms “illegal votes”, “electoral fraud”, or “Stop the Steal”, an expression widely used since the results of the poll by Donald Trump. Since the ban of the politician, but also of several thousand other accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy movement, Twitter therefore seems to have calmed down slightly. The hashtags #MarchforTrump and #HoldtheLine also saw a significant drop of over 95% on the platform.


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