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Trump, Parler, and Regulating the Infosphere as Our Commons

Trump, Parler, and Regulating the Infosphere as Our Commons Philosophy & Technology (2021) 34:1–5 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-021-00446-7 EDITOR LETTER Trump, Parler, and Regulating the Infosphere as Our Commons 1,2 Luciano Floridi Received: 24 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published online: 8 March 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V. 2021 The facts are well known by now: after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol building, causing the death of five people, Donald Trump became digitally toxic and was deplatformed (Crichton 2021), due to the danger of his violent, incendiary messages, containing often false or misleading statements. Facebook, Instagram, Twit- ter and YouTube suspended Trump’s accounts. Twitter suspended accounts linked to QAnon, the far-right movement close to Trump. Parler, the right-wing extremist platform frequented by Trump supporters, saw its app banned by Google and Apple, and Amazon suspended web hosting it. Similar initiatives were taken by other services such as Pinterest, Reddit, Shopify, TikTok and Twitch. In a way, it was a success (Rupar 2021): political misinformation online on electoral fraud fell by 73% (Ostrom et al. 1999), but the question, still echoing these days, remains: did these companies do the right thing? It is a crucial question for the future of digital societies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Trump, Parler, and Regulating the Infosphere as Our Commons

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 34 (1) – Mar 8, 2021

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Philosophy & Technology (2021) 34:1–5 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-021-00446-7 EDITOR LETTER Trump, Parler, and Regulating the Infosphere as Our Commons 1,2 Luciano Floridi Received: 24 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published online: 8 March 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V. 2021 The facts are well known by now: after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol building, causing the death of five people, Donald Trump became digitally toxic and was deplatformed (Crichton 2021), due to the danger of his violent, incendiary messages, containing often false or misleading statements. Facebook, Instagram, Twit- ter and YouTube suspended Trump’s accounts. Twitter suspended accounts linked to QAnon, the far-right movement close to Trump. Parler, the right-wing extremist platform frequented by Trump supporters, saw its app banned by Google and Apple, and Amazon suspended web hosting it. Similar initiatives were taken by other services such as Pinterest, Reddit, Shopify, TikTok and Twitch. In a way, it was a success (Rupar 2021): political misinformation online on electoral fraud fell by 73% (Ostrom et al. 1999), but the question, still echoing these days, remains: did these companies do the right thing? It is a crucial question for the future of digital societies

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Published: Mar 8, 2021

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