Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

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Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

From The Washington Post | Technology by Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Reed Albergotti

Relief flowed through Facebook in the days after the 2020 presidential election. The company had cracked down on misinformation, foreign interference and hate speech — and employees believed they had largely succeeded in limiting problems that, four years earlier, had brought on perhaps the most serious crisis in Facebook’s scandal-plagued history.

On Jan. 6, Facebook staffers expressed their horror in internal messages as they watched thousands of Trump supporters shouting “stop the steal” and bearing the symbols of QAnon — a violent ideology that had spread widely on Facebook before an eventual crackdown — thronged the U.S. Capitol.

Illustration by Washington Post; Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post; Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP; Facebook screenshots; iStock

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