The date of January 6 marked a clear turning point for key social media corporations, demonstrating that they would be willing to deplatform a sitting US president in certain situations. However, other experts believe they haven’t gone far enough in addressing the fundamental flaws that allowed Trump supporters and others on the far right to be deceived and radicalised, as well as organise using their platforms.
Ahead of the one-year anniversary, Facebook parent company Meta, Twitter, and YouTube said they’ve been watching for damaging content related to the Capitol violence on their platforms. “We have strong policies that we continue to enforce, including a ban on hate organizations and removing content that praises or supports them,” a Meta spokesperson told that around the anniversary, the corporation has been in communication with law enforcement authorities like as the FBI and Capitol Police, according to the statement.
“We’re continuing to actively monitor threats on our platform and will respond accordingly,” the Meta spokesperson said.
Around the one-year milestone of January 6, Twitter organised an internal working group with individuals from various departments of the company to guarantee the platform could enforce its rules and safeguard users, according to a Twitter representative.
“Our approach both before and after January 6  has been to take strong enforcement action against accounts and Tweets that incite violence or have the potential to lead to offline harm,” said the spokesperson, adding Twitter also has open lines of communication with federal officials and law enforcement.
The Intelligence Desk at YouTube, which is responsible with proactively identifying and regulating problematic content, has been keeping an eye on content and behaviour linked to the Capitol riot and its anniversary. According to spokesperson Ivy Choi, as of Wednesday, the firm has not discovered an uptick in content containing fresh theories relating to January 6 or the 2020 election that violated its regulations.
“Our systems are actively pointing to high authority channels and limiting the spread of harmful misinformation for election-related topics,” Choi said in a statement.