Episode 37: Posts, platforms and power

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After a mob stormed the Capitol, major technology platforms acted nearly in unison – some said belatedly, others tyrannically – to “deplatform” President Trump and many other right-wing users of their services. How did we arrive at this unprecedented action, what’s at stake for our democracy, and what does this mean for the future? On Episode 37 of “The Future of Democracy,” we’ll unpack what happened during the platform removals and what it means for speech online with author, professor of law and privacy expert, Danielle Citron.



  • Check out Danielle’s book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace to learn more about the extent to which online harassment can impact peoples’ lives.
  • Read Danielle’s articles on Trump’s removal from Twitter and the actions of social media platforms leading up to the election.
  • Learn about the Knight Research Network’s research into the impact of technology on our democracy, made possible through a 50 million dollar commitment from the Knight Foundation.
  • The Knight Research Network just released an assessment of its first year studying the intersection of technology and democracy. You can find the report here.
  • The Knight Foundation recently partnered with Gallup to explore how Americans feel about current technology, including misinformation and targeted political ads. Read their findings here.

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