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Social media’s power debated amid political turmoil

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Social media giants have stirred up a debate whether they're exhibiting too much power by locking out the President of the United States.

Major platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram imposed permanent bans on President Trump last week after riots turned deadly at the U.S. Capitol.

Social media firms have been tip-toeing around issues like this, when prominent figures violate their terms of service, said Cory Barker, Assistant Professor of Communications at Bradley University.

"I think you saw the thought process come over the course of the last calendar year, where they started to add more of the disclaimers to his tweets as far as the election specifically, like this misinformation around the election," Barker said.

The professor predicts the use of social media platforms in politics will continue to grow in the years ahead.

Alex Menke

Howard Packowitz

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