Prohibiting the troll-in-chief is unlikely to hurt social networks’ business

O N JANUARY 7TH, a day after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, leaving five individuals dead and America shaken, Donald Trump had the sixth-most-popular account on Twitter, with almost 90 m followers.

For Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, which obstructed Mr Trump’s account on January 12 th, the effect is probably going to be negligible.

This article appeared in the Company section of the print edition under the heading “Capitol gains”


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