Study sheds light on how deplatforming after the Jan. 6 riot impacted the larger online ecosystem

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In a new study published in the Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media, researchers examined the effects of deplatforming on online discourse and alternative social media platforms. The study focused on the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot and analyzed the responses of users who expected to be deplatformed from mainstream social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. “In my prior work on content moderation and these kinds of interventions, heavy-handed bans can improve the specific platform, but how these interventions impact the larger ecosystem is an open question that …

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