Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) — As supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, battling police and forcing lawmakers into hiding, an insurrection of a different kind was taking place inside the world’s largest social media company.Thousands of miles away, in California, Facebook engineers were racing to tweak internal controls to slow the spread…

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Biden declines Trump request to withhold White House records from Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday formally blocked an attempt by former President Donald Trump to withhold documents from Congress related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, setting up a legal showdown between the current and former presidents over executive privilege.In a letter to the National Archives obtained by NBC News, White…

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Woman who said she wanted to shoot Nancy Pelosi pleads guilty to Capitol riot charges

Sept. 28 (UPI) — A woman who said she wanted to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she left the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Tuesday. Dawn Bancroft, 59, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally demonstrating, picketing or parading inside the Capitol, which carries a…

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House committee probing Jan. 6 Capitol riot subpoenas four Trump allies, including Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot announced Thursday it issued subpoenas to four of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies, including his former chief of staff Mark Meadows and his onetime close advisor Steve Bannon.The subpoenas, which were also sent to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino…

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Heavily Policed ‘Justice For J6’ Rally Brings Sparse Crowd – And Minimal Violence – To Capitol

Topline A rally to support Capitol riot defendants held in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday proved a dud, with attendance falling far short of the 700 expected – though two House candidates who showed up to speak said they felt the event was a success. Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the “Justice…

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Trump issues support for Jan. 6 riot defendants as police brace for Capitol rally backing prisoners

U.S. Capitol Police officials survey the area around the Capitol reflecting pool ahead of an expected rally Saturday in support of the Jan. 6 defendants in Washington, U.S. September 16, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | ReutersEx-President Donald Trump, who was impeached for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Thursday condemned the criminal prosecution of hundreds of…

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Paranoia and accusations cloud efforts to launch ‘Justice for January 6’ rally

The extremist forums that cheered on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have soured on the planned Saturday rally in Washington, insisting without evidence that the event is a secret government plot to arrest more people involved in the riot.Users in extreme far-right Facebook groups and extremist forums such as TheDonald and 4chan, which previously hosted…

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Former President Bush likens U.S. extremists to foreign terrorists

Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2021. – America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with solemn ceremonies given added poignancy by the recent chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and return to power of the Taliban.MANDEL…

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Capitol riot suspect wants GPS monitor removed, citing loud beeping in front of clients

Attorneys for a former Army captain charged with breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6 are asking that his ankle monitor be removed because its random beeping could lead to embarrassing interactions with prospective business clients.The GPS device also is a safety hazard, said lawyers for Gabriel Augustin Garcia, a Florida man who was arrested in…

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Pelosi to hold security briefing ahead of Sept. 18 rally planned by Trump supporters

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited her fellow congressional leaders from the House and Senate to attend a security briefing about an upcoming rally planned at the Capitol in support people who were arrested during the Jan. 6 riot.Pelosi invited Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader…

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House panel probing Capitol attack seeks records from Twitter, Facebook, 4chan and others

Chairman Bennie Thompson on Friday announced that the Jan. 6 select committee is seeking records from 15 social media companies — including 4chan, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Parler, Reddit, TikTok and Snapchat — to examine how they addressed violent extremism and misinformation leading up to the Capitol attack. The robust records requests focus on the spread…

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Seven Capitol Police officers sue Trump, right-wing extremist groups over Capitol attack

Seven Capitol Police officers who were assaulted during the Jan. 6 insurrection are using a law passed after the Civil War to sue former President Donald Trump, his associates and far-right extremist groups for allegedly working together to stop Congress, through force and intimidation, from certifying the 2020 presidential election results.The lawsuit, filed in the…

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GOP Rep. Clyde defends ‘normal tourist visit’ comparison for Jan. 6

GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.) defended his description of Jan. 6 appearing to look like a “normal tourist visit” during a committee meeting on Tuesday.The heated exchange occurred hours after four police officers appeared before the select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, offering harrowing testimony that recounted scenes of chaos, violence…

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Mo Brooks Tells Conservatives To ‘Fight’ And ‘Sacrifice’ Like Revolutionary War Soldiers

Topline Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Friday doubled down on the rhetoric that led a fellow House member to sue him for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, urging attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference to “fight for America” like soldiers during the American Revolution. WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 15: Rep. Mo Brooks…

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Capitol Police Union calls for acting chief to step aside after Senate report on Jan. 6 riot

The chairman of the Capitol Police union on Wednesday called on acting chief Yogananda Pittman to step aside after the Joint Senate Committee report on the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection.Gus Papathanasiou said the report showed that Pittman and other senior leadership failed to adequately prepare their officers with equipment and intelligence to respond to the…

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