How years of online misinformation erupted into real-world insurrection

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On social networks, a toxic stew of lies simmered for years—until the president’s supporters responded with violent action at the U.S. Capitol. “This is an absolutely disgraceful moment in America history and there are specific villains who are responsible for it,” says CNN host Jake Tapper as a video of a crowd of people waving American flags and storming the U.S. Capitol building rolls on screen. Read Full Story

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‘Time is running out’: Prince Harry calls for social media reform after U.S. Capitol riot

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In a Q&A with Fast Company, The Duke of Sussex responds to social media’s role in the Capitol attack and explains why the next step must be to hold social platforms accountable. Over the past year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become increasingly outspoken advocates for healthier social media—a topic that is clearly near to their hearts, given the horrendous vitriol and harassment they have faced online and in the press. Read Full Story

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A ‘black eye on security’: Why didn’t the Capitol Police stop the rioters?

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The law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol building were completely overrun by a mob, raising questions about the security of Congress. When a pro-Trump mob pushed past security and barricades and descended on the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, many watching the news wondered where the security and law enforcement officials, who had been strongly deployed ahead of Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, were this time. So did Brian Gant , a veteran of both the FBI, where he worked on domestic and international terrorism along with cybercrime for five years, and the Secret Service, where he did protection assignments and electronic crime work for a decade. Read Full Story

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Designers reimagine the U.S. Capitol as a brutalist fortress

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This dystopian vision illustrates what’s so precious about our federal buildings. Washington, D.C., was always built to be open to the public, which is part of the reason why the Capitol was so easily breached last week. But what if the Capitol weren’t designed with large green space and welcoming stairs? What if the Capitol were designed to frighten you and keep you away? Read Full Story

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Here’s what the U.S. Capitol looked like when protestors wanted healthcare and equality

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The Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors. What can one say, really, in the wake of the unprecedented insurrection taking place in Washington, D.C., as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? Well, one thing that did not elude the notice of many , many people was that the Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors in and outside the home of the U.S. Congress—as recently as last summer during Black Lives Matter protests for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and too many other Black people around the country. Read Full Story

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The U.S. Capitol is a symbol of democracy. But it’s full of Confederate statues

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The U.S. Capitol abounds with confederate symbolism. But with Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, that may change. Last Wednesday, insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol, waving American and Confederate flags and Trump banners. The sight of rioters below John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence” fresco, and similar works, was a tragic violation of American democracy. And yet, if rioters had taken a closer look, they would’ve have found plenty of imagery with which they could identify. The U.S. Capitol abounds with confederate symbolism. Read Full Story

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Can you fire an employee who was a U.S. Capitol rioter? In a word, yes

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Breaking the law is grounds for dismissal, experts say, but employers should be consistent in how they handle offenders. Law enforcement officials and amateur armchair investigators are rummaging through millions of photos, videos, and social media accounts to identify people who participated in Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people and has angrily entranced a nation ever since. Read Full Story

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How white supremacists recruit teen culture warriors in gaming communities

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In the wake of the U.S. Capitol attack, new concerns are rising about livestreaming sites where video gameplay sometimes mixes with messages of hate. Five days after extremists used the fringe video gaming platform DLive to livestream a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, a youthful white nationalist logged onto the site and offered his take about the future of a movement he helped create. Read Full Story

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