de·​plat·​form | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce deplatform (audio) \
deplatformed; deplatforming; deplatforms

Definition of deplatform

transitive verb

: to remove and ban (a registered user) from a mass communication medium (such as a social networking or blogging website) … had almost 1.5 million Facebook followers and a quarter million followers on Instagram before he was deplatformed for repeatedly spreading misinformation …— Peter Hoysted broadly : to prevent from having or providing a platform (see platform entry 1 sense 3) to communicate While deplatforming speakers deprives them of the opportunities to speak and the attendees the opportunities to learn, concerns and protests over controversial speakers, be they informed or not, are totally expected and should even be encouraged. — Amy Lai A platform built to challenge the oligopoly of its giant rivals was deplatformed by other giants … — Emily Bazelon

Other Words from deplatform

deplatforming noun, plural deplatformings
This so-called deplatforming occurs when users are said to have violated a company's terms of service, notably regarding hate speech. — Katherine Doyle Deplatforming is a nonlegal strategy that involves pressuring companies to stop hosting or servicing certain individuals or forums, thus removing them from the Internet entirely or making them harder to find. — Cindy Cohn

First Known Use of deplatform

1998, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deplatform

de- + platform

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23 Aug 2022

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“Deplatform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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