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Trump’s Ban Has Already Had an Impact on the Social Media Landscape

U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump.

Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg

Hey all, it's Kurt. President Donald Trump officially stopped being the leader of the U.S. on Wednesday, but it feels like he really left office a few weeks ago. That was when Facebook Inc. suspended Trump’s account and Twitter Inc. banned him. At that point, many Americans simply stopped hearing from the president on a daily basis.

Trump's influence on online discourse has been massive. His combative approach coupled with his tendency to mislead his followers has inspired division and forced companies like Facebook to more proactively fight misinformation online. I don't know how the end of Trump's presidency will impact America, but there are already signs his departure is impacting social media.