What’s Trending? 📈 Trump’s dramatic exit

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • Runoff elections for Georgia’s two senators officially put Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House for the first time since 2011. Ousting Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are expected to assume their roles by the end of January.
  • On Wednesday, months of GOP and right-wing lies about the results of November election boiled over into a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol led by pro-Trump white supremacists chanting “our president wants us here!” The chaos led to at least five people dead with many more injured, and we are only just beginning to understand exactly what occurred that day. With blame overwhelmingly at his feet, Trump has been largely deplatformed from social media in the final days of his presidency.
  • On Wednesday, the House again voted to impeach Trump for inciting insurrection in a 232–197 vote, the biggest bipartisan majority in history, with 10 Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. He is the only United States president to be impeached twice, with the resolution heading to the Senate for a trial to convict or acquit.

WHAT WE’RE HEARING ON SOCIAL

It’s been a wild 10 days on social media, so let’s recap, shall we?

  • First, Trump and his cronies incited a white supremacist insurrection at the United States Capitol and throughout D.C. — planned largely on social media.
  • Then, a myriad of tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, banned or suspended Trump from their platforms.
  • Now, right-wing rioters are threatening more violence during next week’s inauguration.
Top 10 best-performing political Facebook posts by interactions according to data from NewsWhip.
Top 10 best-performing political Facebook posts by interactions from conservative and progressive pages according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from progressive pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top ten Facebook posts from conservative pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.

SAY IT WITH ME

Despite what Sheryl Sandberg may say, there is loads of evidence that Facebook not only encouraged people to post more extreme content in order to gain likes, but also that “64% of all external group joins are due to [their] recommendation tools.

ON MY RADAR

  • Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and a national day of service. You can find a remote or safe and socially distanced, in-person volunteer event near you here!
  • Friday, January 22 is the 48th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Learn more about the current state of abortion access and the renewed call for abortion justice from All* Above All (@AllAboveAll) here!

ASK ALEX

This week a reader asks, “Is deplatforming Trump a freedom of speech violation?”

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