‘We’ve been fueling this fire for a long time’: inside Facebook’s abrupt turn on Trump

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As images of a pro-Trump mob looting the United States Capitol poured in from Washington, DC this past Wednesday, data scientists and executives at Facebook Inc. saw warning signs of more trouble. User reports of violent content have increased more than tenfold since the morning, according to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal. A tracker of user reports on fake news rose to nearly 40,000 reports per hour, roughly four times the recent daily peaks. On Instagram, the company’s popular photo-sharing platform, views skyrocketed for content by authors in “zero trust” countries, reflecting potential platform manipulation efforts by entities abroad.