After the riot at the Capitol on January 6 2021, people are getting concerned for the future as well as the Inauguration coming up.
“They’re also worried that the numbers of potentially violent extremists are growing. Social media giants banned President Donald Trump and others over fears their posts would continue to spark violence, which the experts said has led to a sympathetic and growing audience at risk of radicalization.”From the CNN article, “Heading ‘into a buzzsaw’: Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning”
With the increase of violent extremists, the United States is becoming less of a safe country by the day. For years, these extremists would try to spread violent ideas through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Parler, and even a platform called Telegram, where they would create channels to share hate. According to the CNN article, “Heading ‘into a buzzsaw’: Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning” these channels were largely unmoderated until recently. On these channels, people would glorify violence, mass murderers, and other unethical and disturbing content.
Fringe social media sites are being filled with extreme right-sided people, racists, and white supremacists with content becoming more and more disturbing. Although there are many concerns for what might happen leading to the Inauguration, experts say that it is not as likely for there to be violence in Washington DC compared to the riot on January 6th since there was a lot of online communication about the riot. With that being said however, CNN article, “Heading ‘into a buzzsaw’: Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning” wrote,
“Experts worry some people will turn to their state Capitols to express their anger. Hayden says posts of coordinates and maps of statehouses have been posted online. The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to the inauguration, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN earlier this week.”
Although people are trying their best to track down and moderate hate crimes and glorification of violence, extremists might be moving more cautiously as they saw what had happened to Trump’s inability to post on many platforms.