The Big Picture: According to the survey, most Americans have no problem with Twitter or other social media companies removing posts that include misinformation, promote violence, or pose a risk to the public.
- They are more likely to oppose the removal of posts that promote political action or contain hot political speech.
In numbers: 73% of respondents said they supported removing posts that might contain false information, while only 20% said they were against removing those posts.
- 83% said they would support removing posts that promote violence against certain individuals or groups.
- 79% said they would support the removal of posts that pose a risk to the public.
- Americans are more divided over the removal of political office. Only 47% support removing posts that promote political action, while 40% oppose it.
- And 54% support the removal of posts that contain hot political speech, while 36% oppose it.
Between the lines: The survey also found that most Americans do not have strong opinions about what Misk’s deal to buy Twitter It would mean for a social media platform – unless you’re heavily online.
- Only 39% of respondents said that Musk would improve the quality of discussion on Twitter, while 22% said it would get worse.
- But among large, self-described Twitter users, 52% said their engagement would improve the quality of discussion, while 29% said it would get worse.
- Similarly, 44% of all respondents said that Musk would lead Twitter to allow more freedom of expression, while 12% said it would allow less freedom of speech. But among heavy Twitter users, 54% said their participation would lead to more freedom of expression, while 21% said it would lead to less freedom of expression.
- For non-users, by far the most common response was “I don’t know”. (About four out of 10 said that about both questions.)
METHODOLOGY: This Ipsos survey was conducted April 26-27 from a sample of 1,000 adults aged 18 or over, drawn at random fromIpsos Dashboard Onlineand online partner panel resources andSampling from the “river”.
- The accuracy of Ipsos surveys is measured online using a file credibility period. In this case, the survey has a reliability interval of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for all respondents.