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Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection

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.

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