Many of Trump's remarks after his January social media prohibition have taken as many, if not more likes or shares online as they did before, according to an analysis issued Monday by the New York Times.
Ahead of his limitation, due to the democrats' campaign to tie him to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Trump's social media engagement produced a median of 272,000 likes and shares, essentially on Facebook and Twitter. After the ban, his median engagement fell to 36,000 likes and shares, but 11 of his 89 statements in the past few months have been either just as popular or more popular than before the ban.
The top sharers of some of Trump's statements after his social media ban are posted by Breitbart News, a Facebook page called "President Donald Trump Fan Club," Fox News, and Jenna Ellis, a member of Trump's legal team who was in court battling for Trump in the 2020 election fraud lawsuits.
Sometimes, when Trump slammed conservatives, his statements would get distributed extensively by those on both ends of the political spectrum and mainstream publications. Top sharers of his comments on the Left include the popular Facebook page "Stand With Mueller" and CNN journalist Jim Acosta. The funny part is Acosta worked so hard to make a name for himself at the expense of Trump, now that Trump is not in Acosta is proving he was simply using the most popular guy in the room to advance his own career - and he is still doing it.
Still, Trump's allegations of widespread election fraud were 17 times less popular after his social media ban because of efforts by Facebook and Twitter to curb political misinformation.
“As the Trump case shows, deplatforming doesn’t ‘solve’ disinformation, but it does disrupt harmful networks and blunt the influence of harmful individuals,” Emerson Brooking, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, told the Times.
Trump's comments that got the most attention on social media in the past few months were his posts on culture, like his boycott of baseball; his admiration for certain conservatives, such as radio host Rush Limbaugh; and his opinion of President Joe Biden on political issues related to the border crisis and taxes.
On March 21, Mr. Trump published a statement on his website saying that his administration had handed over “the most secure border in history.” He went on to criticize the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis. “Our Country is being destroyed!” Mr. Trump said. The statement was liked and shared more than 661,000 times.
One thing that became instantly clear: Mr. Trump’s most loyal supporters continue to spread his message — doing the work that he had been unable to do himself.