The unpersoning of Donald Trump

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A year ago today, Facebook indefinitely suspended Donald Trump. The sitting president of the United States was banned from accessing the world’s largest social-media platform, then boasting 2.7 billion users, and used by almost 70 per cent of Americans. Twitter, YouTube, Twitch – every major platform soon followed suit, issuing either permanent or indefinite bans. Even Shopify, on which the Trump campaign hawked t-shirts and bumper stickers, felt compelled to take part in this great digital purge.

Yesterday, in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, President Joe Biden intoned soberly about the…

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