Deplatforming: Not A First Amendment Issue, But Still A Tough Call For Big Tech

Removing disinformation — and users who spread it — can come at a cost for web hosts and social media platforms. But studies indicate “deplatforming” does stem the flow of disinformation.

Kate Starbird with the University of Washington explains why it’s easier to see the effects of deplatforming in the short-term. And NPR’s Shannon Bond looks at how one growing social media site is dealing with new attention and new challenges.

Additional reporting in this episode from NPR’s Bobby Allyn, who’s reported on the removal of Parler by Amazon Web Services.

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