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‘This has not happened before’: Tech historian on Trump, social media, and an unprecedented moment in American history

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‘This has not happened before’: Tech historian on Trump, social media, and an unprecedented moment in American history

Photo: President Donald Trump speaks with Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Jan. 4. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian, Public Domain, via Flickr.) Article by Todd Bishop. GeekWire – January 9, 2021.

Twitter’s decision Friday to join Facebook in permanently suspending President Trump’s account underscored the fundamental role of social media in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. If it feels strange and unusual, that’s because there’s no historical precedent, neither in media nor the presidency.

“This has not happened before,” said Margaret O’Mara, a historian, author and University of Washington professor, speaking on the GeekWire podcast. […]

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