What role did technological platforms play in the horrific mob violence at the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6?
A lot – if you’re to ask experts and critics like Roger McNamee.
At least 5 died from the breach of the US Capitol building after President Donald Trump whipped up his supporters online with unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
According to researchers, multiple groups spanning Trump supporters, white nationalists and enthusiasts of the wide-ranging conspiracy theory QAnon spent weeks planning for the Wednesday rally, primarily using various social media platforms to amplify violent rhetoric and advice on weaponry.
This is why Roger McNamee, an early investor of Facebook, said that internet platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google, Youtube, and Twitter, must pay for their role in the insurrection. (READ: Threaten to shut down online platforms to create leverage, says ex-Facebook investor)
“They amplified hate speech, disinformation, and conspiracy theories because it was profitable. They are accessories to the felonies we are seeing on our TVs… and many others,” McNamee said.
A lot of tech companies banned President Trump from their platforms. Was this measure enough? How should platforms be held accountable for the role they played in the insurrection? Following what unfolded at the US Capitol, how should tech platforms move forward?
On Tuesday, January 19, at 8 am PHT, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa will interview Roger McNamee, followed by an exclusive Rappler + Live Chat where Rappler + members will be able to meet and talk to McNamee.
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