“We wrote a memo a week prior saying we were concerned about the violence and the rhetoric, and unfortunately, we read the tea leaves too well. ...This is not something that happened in isolation.”
@jo_mendelson, @ADL

jweekly.com/2021/01/14/qa-… ht @egavactip
“Conspiracies and disinformation are essentially what help to foment this fear, and ultimately violence, that manifested at the Capitol. Conspiracies have become the lifeblood for this worldview.”
“For far too long, platforms were giving ample space to help elevate extremist, racist and bigoted voices. They were even profiting off of that. To curtail and denounce and take action against some of these elements on their platforms was bad for business.”
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“We’re seeing violent chatter and calls to arms. The rhetoric is there. No credible threats ..there are calls for violence. And violent actions are perceived as justified. The concept of “now or never” — that is what they’re talking about.”

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