In the News

Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection

Author Adam Conner explains how Facebook was an essential tool in Donald Trump's attempts to delegitimize the 2020 election and stoke violence among the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists, and his actions are clear grounds for his permanent removal from the platform.

A visit to Donald Trump’s now-defunct Facebook page is to stroll through the vestiges of his campaigns and his presidency: posts full of racism, of name calling and attacks, and ads full of outright lies.

Civil rights groups and activists have long pointed out that Facebook’s treatment of Trump is utterly unique: no other individual would be allowed to act like he did on the platform. Trump was allowed to stay only because Facebook essentially rewrote its rules for all politicians, in an attempt preemptively to allow Trump’s bad behavior. Even despite these political accommodations from Facebook, Trump still routinely violated those few rules that remained.

The above excerpt was originally published in Miami Herald. Click here to view the full article.

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.


Adam Conner

Vice President, Technology Policy

Just released!

Interactive: Mapping access to abortion by congressional district

Click here