Why Deplatforming Trump and Parler Won’t Fix Long-Term Damage

If democracy is a river, or a forest, or a pristine meadow, then social media platforms are a factory spewing toxic pollutants into it. Even if you block the new effluent, the pollution that has already escaped won’t just go away. It needs to be cleaned up.

That’s the analogy used by Whitney Phillips, one of the world’s leading experts on the rise of the far right online…

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