Jan. 6 report's reluctance to address social media's role is a repeat of social media's own errors

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The Washington Post is out with a post-mortem on one specific part of the Jan. 6 insurrection that the House select committee investigating the coup attempt conspicuously chose to underplay. Committee staffers had at one point put together a 122-page memo on the failure of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to react when faced with burgeoning evidence that their products were being used to organize pre-planned violence. A full accounting of what social media companies knew and when they knew it, however, was dropped from the final Jan. 6 report.

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