Financial Services Companies Join Social Platforms in Moderating Content

Decisions around online speech are often inconsistent and nebulous

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Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. But he was also impeached by corporate America.

All of a sudden, social media companies cut ties with Trump en masse, despite years of him violating platform rules.

“Does it have to be a violent insurrection at the Capitol?” Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina who researches social media platforms, commented on the tipping point in an interview with Adweek.



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