CNN have been calling it domestic terrorism. A march organised by President Trump to coincide with the certification of the Presidential Election results by congress, giving Biden the Presidency, turned violent today. Four people are dead.
The crowd was revved up by statements at the march / rally by Trump, Don Jnr and Rudy Giuliani. A later video from the President, which both called on protesters to go home and reiterated Trumps false claim that the election was stole, was blocked by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. President Trump's Twitter account was later suspended entirely.
The protesters stormed into the Congress, entering the floor of the chambers and some offices as Members of Congress were evacuated. Security was overwhelmed. Later, once the congress was secured, workers sought to clean up the damage as Congress resumed the process of certifying the election results. More on the day's events can be seen in our latest briefing.
The use of social media to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories has ultimately become a serious threat to democracy, at least as serious as foreign interference. This is a problem which goes beyond just the United States. It's going to lead to further change in the way social media is regulated and misinformation is tackled.
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Dr Andre Oboler CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute