Facebook sees a rise in violent speech around inauguration day

Telegraph 13 Jan 2021 05:52

Facebook says it fears users may conduct potential future acts of violence to contest the result of the US presidential election following the Capitol siege last week.

The spokesman, who asked not to be named for security reasons, told Reuters that last week's riots have sparked yet more efforts to organise gatherings across the country ahead of and during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. 

Digital flyers featuring calls to arms or the symbols of hate groups and militia have been shared on the platform, she said. 

The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington and all 50 US state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration. 

Facebook and the FBI are working together, the spokesman said. 

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