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Facebook Whistleblower Documents Offer New Revelations about Jan. 6 Response


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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the Capitol in Washington prior to breaching security in protest of the presidential election results on Jan. 6, 2021.

One document showed there was a spike in the volume of reports from Facebook and Instagram users complaining about posts inciting violence on Jan. 6.

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The day of the Jan. 6 insurrection, Facebook noticed a rise in social media posts calling for violence and incitement around the certification of the U.S. presidential election result and the storming of the Capitol.

How the social media giant prepared for that day, and how it responded to the sudden onslaught of misleading information and violent rhetoric on both Facebook and Instagram is detailed in internal documents obtained by ABC News and a group of news organizations.

The documents were disclosed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former employee, and provided to Congress in redacted form by Haugen's legal counsel. It was provided to ABC News by a congressional staffer.

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