A few days after the attack on Capitol of USA, Facebook announced that the hate rhetoric regarding the imminent swearing in of the new American President, Joe Biden, has increased. In particular, the tech giant has seen a significant increase in indications of possible future acts of violence, due to the questioning of the outcome of the US presidential elections.
A Facebook spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous for reasons security, told Reuters on January 12 that the attack in the Capitol by his supporters Tramp It appears to be a galvanizing event, sparking nationwide rallies on several dates around Biden's swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.
Relevant hate speech found by Facebook includes digital leaflets promoting the events, some of which contain calls to the armed forces or hate groups.
In addition, the FBI warns that armed protests are planned in Washington and the 50 U.S. capitals before Biden was sworn in. A Facebook spokesman said the rate of exchange of information between the company and law enforcement officials had increased since the Capitol attack.
Hate rhetoric on the internet platforms had risen even before the Capitol incidents, as far-right groups plotted the attack, largely in open public opinion, according to investigators and public posts.
Lawmakers were forced to move out of the Capitol as the building was occupied by Trump supporters, white nationalist groups and militias who flooded security forces. In addition, five people were killed, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten while trying to disperse rioters.
After the attack, top technology companies have taken unprecedented steps to eliminate baseless allegations of electoral fraud that have sparked calls for violence. Specifically, the Twitter and Facebook permanently deleted Trump's accounts, while the Amazon Web Services and major mobile app stores removed it Speak.
Facebook also banned content on January 11 that promoted the phrase "stop stealing," which has become a cry for armed protests in Trump's favor. The company also blocks searches for "storm the Capitol" and points out posts that include these phrases for further revision. Still, under pressure from civil rights groups, the YouTube closed the Trump canal for seven days.