Insurrection, extremism and social media

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Pro-Trump insurrectionists try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pro-Trump insurrectionists try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Most Americans were shocked watching the violence and rage unleashed by the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol attempting to overturn the election results last week. But for JOAN DONOVAN, who monitors online extremist and white supremacist groups, it wasn’t a surprise. This hour, we talk with Donovan, research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, about the spread of these far-right messages, racist rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and the dangers they pose. We’ll also discuss if there are certain people are more vulnerable to radicalization as well as how to fight the spread of these hateful and paranoid beliefs.

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