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DHS: Extremists used TikTok to promote Jan. 6 violence | POLITICO

By Betsy Woodruff Swan and Mark Scott
September 16, 2021

Federal officials warned law enforcement agencies this spring that domestic extremists had used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, including by promoting bringing guns to Washington that day, according to an internal government document — highlighting authorities’ growing concern over violent content on the video app.

In the April 19 briefing reviewed by POLITICO, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis said American extremists used the Chinese-owned social media platform to recruit people to their causes, as well as share “tactical guidance” for terrorist and criminal activities.

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Source: DHS: Extremists used TikTok to promote Jan. 6 violence | POLITICO

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