Lawmakers Are Scrambling To Figure Out How To Rein In Social Media Platforms

In the days after the insurrection at the Capitol building, security was tighter than usual. On the phone with Senator Mark Warner, I could hear his driver trying to explain to a guard that he had the senator with him. Yeah, tell him he’s good, the guard told the driver as he pointed him to another entrance. “The fact that I’m having this conversation with you right now is a little surreal as we get redirected across Capitol Square and there are hundreds of soldiers with long guns all over—the Capitol is an armed camp,” he says. “And anyone who thinks that this terrorist attack wasn’t fomented on these social media platforms is just not aware.” The platforms have been used to incite violence around the world, he says, noting in particular the genocidal Facebook campaign in Myanmar against the Muslim minority group, the Rohingya. Read more at Fast Company.