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CNN didn't make such an announcement.
The network confirmed the claim was fabricated.
After CNN hosted a raucous town hall with former President Donald Trump before an audience of invited Republicans, the network was criticized for giving the presidential candidate an unfiltered platform to spread falsehoods about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol attack.
But the fallout hasn’t prompted the network to remove its live audience from future events, as some on social media said.
"CNN announces today there will be no more live audiences at town halls," a May 12 Facebook post said. "The Man broke CNN."
The post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.) We also saw the claim shared May 11 on Twitter.
"These social media posts are entirely fabricated," CNN spokesperson Bridget Leininger told PolitiFact.
Despite the backlash, CNN Chief Executive Officer Chris Licht stood by the town hall, saying in an editorial meeting the next day that the audience reflected the views of "a large swath" of the American population.
We rate the claim that CNN decided there would be no more live audiences at town halls False.
Facebook post, May 12, 2023
Twitter post, May 11, 2023
CNN press room, accessed May 19, 2023
CNN Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, Accessed May 19, 2023
PolitiFact, Fact-checking Donald Trump’s CNN town hall claims on Jan. 6, abortion, Mar-a-Lago documents, May 10, 2023
Poynter, Opinion | Day-after reviews of Trump town hall get even worse for CNN, May 12, 2023
Email interview, Bridget Leininger CNN spokesperson, May 19, 2023
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