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

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on January 9, 2021 - 11:45am

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. Margaret O’Mara, professor of history at the UW, is interviewed on the GeekWire podcast.

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