Trump’s expulsion from Facebook and Twitter: a timeline.

After 6 January attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald J. Trump, social media sites including Twitter and Facebook have been urged to limit hate speech and glorification of violence on their platforms.

January 6, 2021: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is snatched unceremoniously and brutally by the great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long,” tweets Trump, in an accompanying post on Facebook. . Other posts include a video telling his supporters to “go home now”, while also offering encouragement such as “I know how you feel.” Twitter and Facebook eventually remove some of the posts and say that the president will be suspended at least until the following day.

January 7, 2021: Facebook blocks Mr. Trump until the end of his term, or until January 20. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, says the risks of Trump using the service were too great. Mr. Trump posts a video on Twitter saying he will support a peaceful transition of power.

January 8, 2021: Twitter permanently excludes Mr. Trump from his service “Because of the risk of further incitement to violence”, effectively interrupting him by his favorite megaphone.

January 10, 2021: Stripped off a platform, Mr. Trump faces a challenge find a new way to attract attention.

June 4, 2021: Facebook updates its position on the suspension of Mr. Trump’s account, saying it would last at least two years. Facebook also says it will end a policy of treating politicians’ posts differently from those of other users.

June 7, 2021: Times reporters analyze hundreds of communications and posts online and find Trump’s most ardent supporters continued to spread his message after the ban – doing the work he hadn’t been able to do on his own.

February 18, 2022: Truth Social, by Mr. Trump Twitter alternative has had to delay its launch, albeit the field of sites presenting themselves as freer platforms becomes more crowded.

April 27, 2022: Truth Social is inundated with bogus accounts and features that don’t work, ours writes the technical reviewer.

May 6, 2022: A federal judge from San Francisco, saying it was not convinced that Twitter had hacked on Mr. Trump’s free speech rights, rejects Mr. Trump’s lawsuit against society.

May 10, 2022: Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying Twitter, says he would “reverse the permanent ban” by Trump and get him back on social networks if the deal goes through.

May 13, 2022: Elon Musk said in a tweet that his $ 44 billion offer to buy Twitter was “Temporarily on hold” until he could get more details to confirm that spam and fake accounts account for less than 5% of the social network’s total users.